World number 1 Dustin Johnson fends off Justin Rose and Tony Finau and wins the Saudi International with two strokes … as Masters champion takes the title for the second time in three years
- Dustin Johnson posted a ’68 finals at Royal Greens Golf Club on Sunday
- Johnson finished under on the 15th, two shots ahead of Justin Rose and Tony Finau
- Scotsman Calum Hill finished fourth after finishing 18th par 5
- Rose said this was what he played in “quite a long time” after finishing second
All in all, a good swing in the desert. After winning for Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey in the Emirates in the past fourteen days, Justin Rose was just a fraction less than the third Englishman in so many weekends to win the European Tour on Sunday.
The fact that he couldn’t complete the hat trick at Saudi International was entirely down to Dustin Johnson, whose global dominance in the game was underscored by a fourth tournament win in his last 13 starts.
In addition to the Masters title, which dates back to June, it also includes four top three finishes so that there is no doubt whether the American will guarantee his place as number 1 in the world. He sealed that win after a closing with two strokes to 15 under round 68.
Dustin Johnson celebrates with the Saudi International trophy after winning with two strokes
Johnson extended his lead at the top of the world rankings after keeping his nerve