Dustin Johnson soars to dominant five-stroke win in Mexico

There was no catching Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Mexico Championship this weekend, as successive rounds of 66 saw him complete a dominant five-stroke victory.

It’s Johnson’s sixth World Golf Championship title, and sets him up perfectly as the first major of the year beckons.

Johnson started the final round with an imposing four-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, the only challenger in sight, and never gave him a sniff of victory.

The World No 3 (now World No 2) shrugged off a level-par outward nine to post five birdies during a seven-hole span from the 10th to ultimately sign for a five-under-par 66 and finish five strokes clear of McIlroy on 21 under.

“This is a big one for me, and it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year,” Johnson said. “I feel like the game’s in good form right now.”

McIlroy also made a slow start on the front nine with one birdie and two bogeys and then finished strongly with six birdies and a single bogey on the back, but with Johnson nearly matching him shot for shot it was never going to be enough.

The Northern Irishman ultimately finished five back on 16 under after a final-round 67, and simply had to give credit where it was due.

“Some weeks a guy just plays better than you, and that’s what happened this week. DJ was so impressive and definitely deserved to win,” said McIlroy.

Sharing third place a further five shots behind McIlroy, and a full 10 strokes behind the winner were English duo Paul Casey and Ian Poulter and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Casey had an impressive final day, shooting a six-under 65.

The best round of the day belonged to Justin Thomas, who rose 28 places up the leaderboard into ninth place after a stunning 10-birdie, one-bogey 62.

Tiger Woods finished a shot back in a tie for 10th after middling rounds of 70 and 69 on the weekend.