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Once again, Johnson has to settle for second

By Mark Lamport-Stokes PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - In-form American Dustin Johnson had to settle for a second successive runner-up spot on the PGA Tour after his last-day charge ended up two strokes shy at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. Bidding for his ninth victory on the U.S. circuit, the long-hitting Johnson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the final round at Riviera Country Club to finish alone in second at 13-under 271.

Once again, Johnson has to settle for second

By Mark Lamport-Stokes PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - In-form American Dustin Johnson had to settle for a second successive runner-up spot on the PGA Tour after his last-day charge ended up two strokes shy at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. Bidding for his ninth victory on the U.S. circuit, the long-hitting Johnson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the final round at Riviera Country Club to finish alone in second at 13-under 271.

Furyk and Johnson take very different routes at Riviera

By Mark Lamport-Stokes PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson have sharply contrasting playing styles and took very different routes on Friday but the American duo finished up in the same spot at the Northern Trust Open. Playing together in a high-profile grouping with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Riviera Country Club, medium-length hitter Furyk and 'Master Blaster' Johnson both posted six-under totals of 136 after the second round.

Holder Johnson in three-way tie for lead

(Reuters) - Long-hitting Dustin Johnson remained on course for a successful title defense at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii as he ended a wildly fluctuating third round in a three-way tie for the lead on Sunday. Johnson, who spectacularly eagled the par-five ninth after hitting a four-iron 211 yards to within two feet of the pin, fired a four-under-par 69 in sunny but breezy conditions at the picturesque Kapalua Resort.

Johnson holds off Poulter to win first WGC event

By Andrew Both SHANGHAI (Reuters) - American Dustin Johnson pitched in for an eagle two at the 16th hole to set up a three-stroke victory over England's Ian Poulter and win his first World Golf Championship title at the $8.5 million HSBC Champions on Sunday. Johnson carded a closing 66 to finish at 24-under-par 264 at Sheshan International with Poulter also shooting 66 for second place on 21-under. Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell was another shot back in third after also carding 66.

Golf: Johnson's bag ain't heavy, he's my brother

It was a family affair for Dustin Johnson as he picked up the biggest win of his career in Shanghai Sunday, with the help of his little brother and the support of his fiancee. Austin Johnson was on the bag this week instead of regular caddie Bobby Brown, while Canadian fiancee Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the legendary ice hockey player Wayne, was following their every step throughout the 72 holes at Sheshan Golf Club.

Golf: Johnson storms to WGC-HSBC Champions victory

America's Dustin Johnson shook off a two-pronged European attack and produced a run of three birdies and an eagle in five holes Sunday to secure the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Johnson finished on a tournament record 24-under par of 264, three ahead of England's Ian Poulter and four ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell after a pulsating final day's play captivated huge galleries at Sheshan Golf Club. The leading trio all shot final rounds of six-under par 66, going head-to-head in a display of golf of the highest quality.

Johnson leads Poulter in China despite double bogeys

By Andrew Both SHANGHAI (Reuters) - American Dustin Johnson threatened to run away with the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Saturday, before a double-bogey at the final hole of his third round gave a glimmer of hope to the field. Johnson pushed his tee shot into the water at the par-five 18th - which followed an earlier double-bogey - yet he still managed a six-under-par 66 in perfect scoring conditions to lead England's Ian Poulter (63), the defending champion, by three.

Golf: Johnson in front as Europe stars form chase pack

America's Dustin Johnson will have to hold off a chasing pack containing the European Tour's finest players if he is to win the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions after a birdie barrage on a spectacular Saturday in Shanghai. Johnson, despite two double bogeys on the back nine, shot a six-under par round of 66 to finish Saturday's third round on 18-under par 198 on a day when birdies flew in all over the course. Johnson saw his five-shot overnight lead whittled down to three by Ryder Cup star and defending champion Ian Poulter, who shot a stunning nine-under par round of 63.

Golf: Johnson leads American charge in Shanghai

Big-hitting Dustin Johnson shot six birdies in his first seven holes Friday, while Rory McIlroy threw away three shots late on, on his way to a course record nine-under 63 at $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Completing a sizzling front nine of 30, Johnson took just 33 more to get home to lead on 12-under par 132. Overnight leader McIlroy of Northern Ireland was five shots back tied for second after a level-par round that had promised much more.
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