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Johnson eases to another victory at Saudi International

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia, Feb 7, (AP): Top-ranked Dustin Johnson won the Saudi International for the second time in three years on Sunday after shooting a 2-under 68 in the final round to finish two strokes clear of Justin Rose and Tony Finau.

Johnson, who was also runner-up in 2020, recorded his highest scoring round of the tournament at Royal Greens Golf Club but still finished top of the leaderboard on 15-under overall. Scotland’s Calum Hill eagled the parfive 18th to finish in a tie for fourth with France’s Victor Perez. Johnson took a two-shot lead into the final round but the Masters champion struggled on the greens and was caught by Finau when his fellow American made a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th.

However, Johnson edged back in front with a birdie on the 13th and was given some welcome breathing space when Finau dropped shots on the 16th and 17th and Perez doublebogeyed the 16th. Johnson also dropped a shot on the 16th to see his lead cut to one, but responded in style with a massive tee shot on the next and a pitch to two feet to set up a decisive birdie. Rasmus Hojgaard, Ryan Fox, Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton finished in a fourway tie for sixth on 11 under. The Saudi International is the last of three events in the “Gulf Swing” that launches 2021 on the European Tour.

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