Golf roundup: Johnson hangs on against Rahm for Match Play title

Johnson played a round-robin qualifier and had to win seven matches. He stuck a wedge close on the 15th for another birdie, then hit a shot through the trees on the 16th to set up a 30-foot birdie.

After falling behind early in the championship match, Rahm chipped away at Johnson's lead, which ballooned to 5 up through eight holes.

Johnson noted that he has played seven rounds in the last five days, and he thinks he should give his mind and body a break going into the Masters. So to win both those matches not having my best stuff is definitely a positive. The way I stayed in there even though he made some birdies on the back nine...

Johnson headed to the championship match Sunday afternoon with a chance to become the first player to sweep the four World Golf Championships.

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"That was a tough day, a long day", said Johnson, ranked No. 1 in the world. "Obviously, I've won my last three, but I'm just gonna have to keep working hard, keep working on the things I'm working on right now and keep trying to get better". After Johnson putted up about two feet from the hole, Rahm tried his soft stroke that barely missed the hole, leaving himself a four foot putt for par, which he made. Rahm said. "It's unbelievable how he's able to keep cool the entire round". Even when I was 4 down with six to go, I wasn't that low. "But I try to focus and then gives me good result", Lee told through a translator.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - D.A. Points was never better at the start, and good enough at the end. Suddenly Rahm was back to a manageable 3-down. "I had the opportunities to match him on several holes and I didn't make the putts". "And so, yeah, got up pretty quick early. To bounce back after kind of a rough stretch there, I'm really proud". "I really like that golf course".

More problems for Johnson at the 10th led to a second straight bogey and Rahm capitalised to make the difference three, where it remained as both players parred the par-three 11th. After Rahm hit a driver, Johnson chose to layup and while his second shot didn't end up on the green, Rahm's drive was over the green leaving him a hard chip that came up short. When asked whether he likes being the favorite for the Masters, he said, "I don't care". "I'm very, very pleased with it". "I feel like there will be some more to do it, but I'm very, very pleased with it". "It just depends if I'm walking up a steep hill".

In the semi-final he had a 1up win over Hideto Tanihara, while Rahm defeated Haas, 3&2.

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IF there were any questions about the potential of 22-year-old Spanish rookie Jon Rahm, his performance in losing the WGC-Match Play final to World Number One Dustin Johnson put them to rest.

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The World No.1 remained dominant all week over his opposition, and his win confirms him as the first player in history to win all four WGC titles.

Johnson remains in the form of his life, to the point where this week's Shell Houston Open might be a minor inconvenience; he would surely rather be heading straight to Augusta National.

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