Dustin Johnson overcame a five-stroke final round deficit to earn a victory at the Cadillac Championship from Doral Sunday.
The golfer’s six-month absence from the game was well documented, but his triumphant return puts him at No. 7 in the World Golf Rankings and solidifies his status a strong contender at The Masters next month. Whisperings turned into loud grumblings that the reason Johnson had left for “personal reasons” prior to the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup was he had failed a second drug test, reportedly for cocaine.
With the win, Johnson has now bested the field nine times in his PGA career.
Johnson has made five starts since returning and has silenced critics expecting him to struggle both professionally and personally. Johnson accepted the trophy on the 18th green with his fiancee Paulina Gretky and his seven-week old son Tatum at his side. “I knew I was really good,” Johnson said. “I knew there was something I was missing that could make me great. I was working hard on that, and I think it’s showing right now. I’m so excited right now, I can’t hardly talk. It feels great. This one definitely, by far, is the best one.”
J.B. Holmes entered the final round with a five-stroke lead but managed a single birdie en route to a disappointing 75. Holmes bogeyed three of the first five holes on Sunday while Bubba Watson surged to the top of the leaderboard making four birdies in the first seven holes. The reigning Masters champ couldn’t sustain his sparkling play however as he closed with a 71 finishing two strokes behind Johnson.
Next week’s PGA Tour event, the Valspar Championship, begins Thursday in Palm Gardens, Florida
Top 5 at WGC at Doral
1. Dustin Johnson (-9)
2. J.B. Holmes (-8)
3. Bubba Watson (-7)
T-4. Adam Scott (-4)
T-4. Henrik Stenson (-4)