Johnson carded a closing five-under-par 66 at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City to claim the World Golf Championships event for the second time in three years. I know Rory's playing really well, he was not too far behind me so I definitely felt some nerves there at the beginning of the day. "It means a lot, to get 20 wins out here is very hard". "I managed to do it today and that's just incredible".
The 27-year-old former University of Southern California player won twice last year on the Web.com Tour and finished fourth on the money list to earn a spot on the big tour. This is a big win for me, it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. "I feel good everywhere".
Johnson recorded his 20th career PGA Tour victory after finishing 21 under for the tournament.
After successive path ruling controversies at the WGC-Mexico, victor Dustin Johnson conceded fortune was on his side.
McIlroy had a slow start - he was six shots off Johnson's lead after eight holes - but played the final 10 holes in 4 under.
Cameron Smith, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Cantlay all dropped down the leaderboard to finish in a tie for sixth place (10 under).
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McIlroy had piled the pressure on early with a birdie on the second hole to DJ's bogey, but had given back a shot at the next as he missed from 5 feet for par.
"He's taken it across the corner and that's blind from us from here, so I can't tell where this one comes down", a commentator said as the drive flew through the air. In contrast, Trainer played the back nine in three-under-par to win by three.
The victory extended Johnson's streak of winning at least one PGA Tour event to 12 consecutive seasons, dating to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on the circuit. "I hit a lot of really good shots and rolled the putter pretty well". "So I played well, fought back on the back nine, shot a good score in the end". McIlroy said he wanted to chip away from the fairway to an open area, and when he showed European Tour official Mike Stewart his intended shot, his right foot was on the path. Unfortunately for the Northern Irishman there was little else he could do as DJ looked untouchable, making more gains of his own on the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th holes - the latter so close to being an eagle two.
Woods, a seven-time victor of the tournament, struggled on the greens for the second consecutive day.
For the week, Johnson carded only two holes over par - a double-bogey six on the 10th in the third round and the bogey on the third Sunday. Woods now takes a week off before returning for back-to-back events at the Bay Hill and The Players.
He made a complete mess of the par-four 10th, however, with his second shot from the rough striking a tree branch and ricocheting to the edge of a line of bushes, from where he found another tree with his third shot.