DJ WINS TITLE IN VEGAS, 4ACES GC FINISH SECOND
It was quite fitting that 4Aces Golf Club Captain Dustin Johnson took the trophy in Las Vegas. A win was in the cards.
Johnson stiff-armed the field in the city hosting the Super Bowl this weekend and closed out the victory in dramatic fashion by making birdies on two of his final four holes for a one-shot victory. He nearly earned two trophies, with his team finishing an impressive second on the team leaderboard.
Johnson, a two-time major champion, finished at 12 under for the week, one shot ahead of Smash Golf Club’s Talor Gooch, the reigning season-long Individual Champion. Johnson shot 1-under 69 in the final round in tough conditions alongside Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau.
“Playing with Bryson and Jon, it was going to be a tough day,” Johnson said. “It was going to be a fight all day, especially with the conditions. I thought the course played really difficult, and I had a really tough time early just figuring out the wind and how much it was going to move the ball. But I kind of hung around there, and then obviously played really good my last seven, eight holes.”
The momentum changed on the 17th hole, when Johnson drained a 15-foot birdie putt to claim a one-shot lead, and his par at the last was enough for the individual trophy.
In windy conditions, the team managed to shoot even par on Saturday, and now with all four scores counting in final rounds, 4Aces GC didn’t do anything to hurt itself. Pat Perez shot 1-under 69, Harold Varner III shot even par and Patrick Reed shot 2 over to keep their team in the mix for the team title for a good part of the day.
“It was a great week, great turnout today with the fans,” Johnson said. “There were a ton of fans out there. I felt like the energy was high. It was a lot of fun. Obviously, it was a little chilly and really breezy, but the weather was really nice. I think it was a great turnout and great support. You could feel the energy out there for sure.”