Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International

The World Number Three was victorious at the inaugural Saudi International

Dustin Johnson Wins Saudi International
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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."

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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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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x