The World Number Three was victorious at the inaugural Saudi International


Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International

Dustin Johnson won his 21st professional title at the inaugural Saudi International.

The World Number Three shot a closing 67 to beat Haotong Li by two at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

Playing with Haotong Li, DJ found himself two behind with nine to play after Li chipped in for birdie.

However, the 23-year-old made three bogeys on his closing nine to lose the lead.

Johnson birdied the par-5 18th, which he hit with a drive and an 8 iron, to reach 19 under par and win by two.

The week also featured Johnson’s lowest ever career round, a 61, on the second day.

“It feels really good,” DJ said after his win.

“Any time you can win a professional golf tournament, no matter where it is in the world, it’s a big win.

“I’m honoured to be the champion and I’m very pleased with the win.

“The things that I’ve been working on are working and I’ve still got a lot of room for improvement. I’m very pleased with where the game is at.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in what I’m doing and I feel like I’m hitting a lot of really good golf shots. So misses are starting to get better and I’m not making as many mistakes, even though I did on 16.

“But for the most part, that was about the only really bad shot I hit this week.

“So I’m pleased with where the game’s at, and to get a win here, it’s a big win, gives me a lot of confidence going for the rest of the year.”

The Saudi International was a controversial tournament on the European Tour and Sergio Garcia’s disqualification in round three was probably the story of the week.

The 2017 Masters champion was DQ’d for ‘serious misconduct’ after apparently damaging a number of greens, leading to players complaining to tournament officials.

Saudi International Leaderboard

1 Dustin Johnson -19

2 Haotong Li -17

3 Tom Lewis -16

4 Min Woo Lee -15

5 Alexander Levy -14

6 Joost Luiten -11

6 Bryson DeChambeau -11

6 Ian Poulter -11

6 Scott Hend -11

6 Ryan Fox -11

11 Justin Harding -10

11 Gavin Green -10

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