DORAL, Fla. (AP) A month after he returned from his curious leave of absence, Dustin Johnson was posing with another big trophy.
In a power show Sunday on the Blue Monster, Johnson was flawless on the back nine and blasted two big drives to finish off a 3-under 69 and win the Cadillac Championship for his second World Golf Championship title.
Johnson took advantage of a collapse by J.B. Holmes, who lost a five-shot lead and closed with a 75 to finish one shot behind. Masters champion Bubba Watson opened with four birdies in seven holes to lead by two shots, only to make three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. He shot 71 and was two back.
Johnson won for the ninth time in his PGA Tour career and moved to No. 7 in the world.
It looked as though the 30-year-old Johnson was never gone.
He returned just five weeks ago from a six-month leave of absence to seek professional help for what he described only as personal challenge. Golf.com reported in August that Johnson had failed a cocaine test for the second time, and that he previously was suspended in 2012 under similar circumstances.
The swagger was back at Trump National Doral, especially on the finishing holes. But when he tapped in for par, it was clear this victory meant more than the others. He walked off with fiancee Paulina Gretzky – the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky – and their son, Tatum, who was born in January.
Johnson finished at 9-under 279, adding to the WGC title he won in Shanghai at the end of 2013. In five tournaments, he has missed the cut twice, lost in a playoff at Riviera and tied for fourth at Pebble Beach.
PUERTO RICO OPEN
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) – Alex Cejka won the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour title, making a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a five-man playoff.
The 44-year-old Czech-born German won in his 287th start on the PGA Tour. A four-time European Tour winner, he birdied four of the first six holes and finished with a 3-under 69 in rainy, windy conditions at Trump International-Puerto Rico.
Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, had a chance to force another playoff hole, but his 8-foot birdie try on the par-5 18th went to the right. Jon Curran, Tim Petrovic and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo also were in the playoff.
Grillo and Curran shared the lead at 8 under with one hole left in regulation, but closed with bogeys in the second-to-last group. Grillo settled for a 70 after missed a short putt. Curran also had a 70. Petrovic shot a 67, and Saunders had a 68.
HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
SINGAPORE (AP) – South Korea’s Inbee Park held off top-ranked Lydia Ko and No. 3 Stacy Lewis to win the HSBC Women’s Champions for her 13th LPGA Tour title.
The second-ranked Park closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Ko.
Park finished at 15-under 273 at Sentosa’s Serapong Course. She had a bogey-free tournament and has played five rounds without a bogey since the third round of the Honda LPGA Thailand.
The 17-year-old Ko also shot a 70. She was coming off concecutive victories in the Women’s Australian Open and New Zealand Women’s Open. Lewis was third at 11 under after a 72.
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) – Andrew Landry won the Karibana Championship by five strokes at TPC Cartagena for his first Web.com Tour title.
The 27-year-old former University of Arkansas player shot a 5-under 67 in the completion of the wind-delayed third round and closed with a 69 to finish at 11-under 277. He earned $126,000.
Australia’s Steve Allan and Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo tied for second. Allan finished with rounds of 72 and 71, and Carballo shot 73-74.
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) – South Afica’s Trevor Fisher Jr. won the Africa Open for his first European Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a five-stroke victory.
Fisher finished at 24-under 264. He had a 63 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead.