World news – Dustin Johnson wins when Tony Finau stalled late at Saudi International


KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia – Dustin Johnson won the Saudi International for the second time in three years after shooting a 2-under-68 in the finals, two strokes ahead of Justin Rose and Tony Finau.

Johnson, who also finished second in 2020, recorded his highest score of the tournament at the Royal Greens Golf Club, but took first place in the ranking with 15 under par.

The Scot Calum Hill took the 18th par-5 and finished fourth with Frenchman Victor Perez.

Johnson went into the finals with two strokes, but the Masters champion struggled on the greens and was caught by Finau as his American compatriot did a hat trick with birdies on the 11th. Johnson returned with a birdie on the 13th and was given a welcome respite when Finau dropped shots on the 16th and 17th and Perez on the 16th double bogey made.

Johnson also dropped a shot on the 16th llen to see his lead narrowed down on one but responded with a massive tee shot on the next and a pitch to 2 feet to set up a crucial birdie.

« I’ve seen the leaderboard a little, the Boys played well but I kept giving myself a lot of chances, « Johnson told Sky Sports. « I didn’t punch a lot of them, but ended up holing a really nice putt at 13.

 » Seventeen was a really nice birdie, had a great ride and a nice little chip, but it was tough all day .

« I can’t play around the world as often as I want, but it’s definitely nice not to win on my tour and get my first win again after Augusta. Obviously the game always is still very good I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year. ”

Rasmus Hojgaard, Ryan Fox, Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton finished sixth out of eleven with a four-way tie.

Saudi International is the last of three golf swing events to start on the European Tour in 2021.

BY Brentley Romine

BY Brentley Romine

BY Brentley Romine

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