World number three Johnson claims to win Saudi International

Posted by on February 03, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

Dustin Johnson recorded five birdies in his final round in Saudi Arabia, Saudi International, final leaderboard-19 D Johnson (USA); -17 L Haotong (Chn); -16 T Lewis (Eng); -15 MW Lee (Aus); -14 A Levy (Fra) Other selected: -11 I Poulter (Eng), B DeChambeau (USA); -9 B Dredge (Wal), R Fisher (Eng); -6 C Paisley Full scoreboard

World champion number three Dustin Johnson held the challenge of Li Haotong from China to win the inaugural Saudi international on Sunday with two strokes.

The English Tom Lewis was still a shot behind in third after a round of 65.

American Johnson, who headed in the final round in a part of the lead with Li, ended with back -to-back birdies to claim victory at 19 under par.

Li also claimed a shot back on the 18th to put the lead over Lewis, who had started the day with five consecutive birdies.

A four-under-par final round made Ian Poulter the next best-placing Englishman in a tie for sixth place at 11 under par, while compatriot Ross Fisher and Wales & Bradley Dredge finished at nine below.

The third round of Saturday was dominated by the disqualification of Sergio Garcia due to serious misconduct.

The Spaniard became the first player in the European Tour to be disqualified under Rule 1.2a, which states: "Players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, taking into account others and do well care for the course ".

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