Dustin Johnson held on to his nerves on the final day of the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the challenges of Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter to take the win in a thrilling finale to the European Tour event.
Johnson began the day with a three shot lead over the chasing pack of McDowell and Poulter but he managed to blow his lead by taking three attempts to sink a putt while the others caught up with him to take the lead with a couple of quick fire birdies early in the morning.
But Johnson rallied back and he sank two birdie putts in the eighth and the ninth holes to take a share of the lead before Ian Poulter overtook him again to become the solo leader after a brilliant birdie on the twelfth hole. With Johnson sinking another birdie on the thirteenth, the American and the Englishman set up a grand stand finish as it were by sinking their respective birdies on the fourteenth hole.
However, it was to be Johnson’s day as he managed to find an extra gear to sink an eagle before landing another birdie par to score 66 and take the event by three shots.
And after the event, he respectfully accepted that it was a credit to all three of them for making one of the most interesting finishes of the season. He admitted that it was perhaps the biggest victory of his career till date as well.
Ian Poulter climbs to fourth place in the money list as the Race to Dubai heats up while Graeme McDowell finds himself a mere € 150,000 behind leader Henrik Stenson ahead of the final event of the series which takes place in Turkey in a week’s time with plenty on offer to take the lead.