Dustin Johnson shot a final-round 66 to claim the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in his first tournament since winning the US Open.
‘It feels good. You know, another really good day I felt like today. I played really solid when the golf course was playing pretty tough. It definitely feels good. It always feels good when you win’ he said.
‘I’ve been driving it really well. My driver has been great,’ Johnson added. ‘I feel like if I’m hitting it in the fairway, then I’m going to be very tough to beat. I feel like I’m wedging it well, and out here if you get it in the fairway, you get a lot of wedges in your hands, especially with the course being so firm and fast.’
The 32-year-old started the day at two-under-par, trailing overnight leaders Jason Day and Scott Piercy by three shots. The South Carolina-born golfer began his charge with a run of three birdies in five holes but also dropped a shot in that same run. Both Piercy and Day could only find a birdie and bogey on the front nine to stay at five-under-par as they made the turn.
Johnson found birdies at the 13th and 14th, while Piercy went on a run of three bogeys in four holes. Johnson rolled in another birdie at the 17th and despite Piercy birdieing the 18th, Johnson still set the clubhouse lead after a bogey at the last.
‘The putt on the 17th going in was nice. I knew then that I definitely had a chance. I felt like I had a chance when I birdied the 13th and 14th. I needed to finish with some good scores.’ he said.
Behind Johnson, world number one Day suddenly imploded after a bogey at the 15th and found the water on the 16th that resulted in a double-bogey. Day would relinquish any hope of a title as he ended with a bogey at the 18th to card a final round of two-over-par 72.
Johnson, in the end, claimed a one-shot victory over Piercy to add the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy to his cabinet, set alongside the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions and 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship silverware.