Johnson holds nerve to land Saudi title

08 February 2021 00:20:51 GMTPlus10

American Dustin Johnson held his nerve to land the Saudi International after finishing two strokes ahead of Tony Finau and Justin Rose.

The world number one went into the final day at the Royal Greens GCC with a two-shot lead after what were three strong rounds, and was never knocked off top spot despite some trying conditions.

Johnson carded a two-under-par final round of 68 to see the reigning US Masters champion claim the Saudi International title for the second time in three years.

The 36-year-old was not at his best as he struggled on Sunday with his putting, missing birdie opportunities from relatively close range on both the 10th and 12th holes.

However, towards the back end of the round, Johnson began to find his touch with an 11-foot putt on the 13th for a birdie.

Johnson followed that up with another birdie and, while he found a bunker on the last, he managed to hold on for the victory ahead of the chasing Finau and Rose.

"I knew I was hitting it well, I saw the leaderboard and I knew the guys were playing well," Johnson said. "I kept giving myself chances - I didn't hole any of them but I hit good shots and I finally holed a really nice putt on 13 and from there on I played solid.

"After Augusta to get my first win, the game's still in really good form and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year."

Johnson is 9.00 to win the 2021 US Masters at Augusta National.

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