Dustin Johnson Dominates Genesis Open at Riviera, Reaches World No. 1 Ranking

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Pacific Palisades, Calif. — The rain dominated much of the weekend, but it was Dustin Johnson with the final word as he cruised to 17-under 267 to set a 72-hole course record, a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open.

In doing so, Johnson also reached the No. 1 spot in the world.

“It sounds good,” Johnson said Sunday evening. “I played really great all day. I couldn’t have driven it any better. That was a big key.”

Johnson replaced Jason Day atop the standings after a 47-week run at No. 1 for the Australian. Day finished the Genesis Open at two-over, tied at No. 64.

“He deserves it because he’s been playing great golf,” Day said.

The reality of the top spot came to fruition as Johnson waited on the 18th green, with fans chanting ‘Number One’ prior to his final putt of the tournament. His 7-under 64 for the third round had all but cemented his victory earlier on Sunday.

Johnson’s victory at the Riviera Country Club also put him in some select category.

He’s now just one of four individuals [Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods] who have won at least one PGA Tour event in each of their first seasons. And better yet, he finally got his revenge on a course that’s been one of his biggest hurdles.

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.


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