MEXICO CITY – Last year at Chapultepec Golf Club Dustin Johnson was second in the field in measured drives (321 yards). It was no real surprise that DJ also went on to win the WGC-Mexico Championship.
What may surprise some, however, is that it wasn’t his prodigious drives or the layout’s extreme elevation - with the highest point reaching 7,835 feet above sea level - that stand out from his victory.
“Well, the one I hit on 18 was pretty good,” Johnson said when asked his most memorable shot from the 2017 event.
Clinging to a one-shot lead, Johnson’s approach on the 72nd hole was just 122 yards from the hole, which was a sand wedge for DJ, but the actual execution was far more involved.
We’ll let Johnson explain.
“The ball was below my feet [in a fairway bunker], it was not sitting great, and I didn't really have anywhere to miss it coming out of where I was hitting it,” he explained. “It was either hit a good shot or I was probably going into a playoff. That's what I liked about it, because it won me the golf tournament.”
Johnson hit the delicate shot to about 18 feet and two-putted for his 14th PGA Tour victory. It’s another example of how distance may be a popular topic this week, but it’s not neccessarily the most important.