After close calls at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open, Dustin Johnson proved he’s back and better than ever at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The event came down to a battle among three of the tour’s longest drivers in Johnson, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, but it was Johnson’s iron play that won him his ninth PGA Tour title.
The 30-year-old, who reportedly served a six-month drug suspension during the second half of 2014, was T1 in greens in regulation at Doral (72.2%) and second in approach shot distance to the hole (averaging 35’9”). The most impressive shot he hit all week came at the par-3 fourth hole Saturday, where he made a hole-in-one with a seven-iron from 207 yards. About 20 minutes later, Holmes did the same thing with the same club, and went five shots ahead. Check out both shots here.
But Johnson’s Sunday 69 was just good enough to edge Holmes, who closed with a three-over 75.
Helping Johnson to victory were his TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons (3-PW).
Not surprisingly, Johnson also led the field in driving distance, averaging 328.3 yards per drive. Watson finished second with 325.1; Holmes third at 318.
Johnson played a TaylorMade AeroBurner driver that he first put in play at the Farmers Insurance Open. He switched back to the TaylorMade R15 for the Northern Trust Open before putting the AeroBurner back in play at the Honda Classic. Johnson’s Doral victory is the first for the AeroBurner.
Johnson’s model has 9.5° of loft and a Fujikura Speeder 661 X shaft with a D7 swing weight, considerably heavier than the D4 SLDR he used last season.