American golfer Dustin Johnson managed to hold back the challenge of Englishman Ian Poulter and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell on what turned out to be a griping final day at the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China to take the trophy.
The American had a three shot lead overnight but quickly found his lead cut back when he required three attempts at a putt while his rivals managed to sink in birdie putts to take over the lead from him. However, Johnson managed two straight birdies in the eighth and ninth holes and went back in to share the lead before Poulter took the sole lead after hitting another birdie on the twelfth hole.
Johnson went on to snap up another birdie on the thirteenth to draw level before both the leaders sank their respective birdies to set up a thrilling finale to what was becoming one of the events of the season, thinks to tumultuous way it proceeded in.
But it was meant for Dustin Johnson as he found an eagle and followed it up with a birdie par and ended up just the way he had begun the day, with a three shot lead and the title as well. It was his eighth victory on the PGA Tour and the first that he has managed on a European Tour event.
And he admitted that he didn’t get off to the best of starts during the day and gave credit to Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell for pushing him all the way to the finish. He mentioned that he was happy with the way he played during the latter half of the day and added that he immensely enjoyed how things turned out.
Dustin Johnson also mentioned that this could be the biggest win of his career so far.