Dustin Johnson Shoots 23 Under to Win RBC Canadian Open 2018

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

OAKVILLE, ON - JULY 29:  Dustin Johnson tees off during the final round at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 29, 2018 in Oakville, Canada.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Dustin Johnson won the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario, on Sunday.

Johnson ended the tournament at 23 under, with Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An tying for second at 20 under. Keegan Bradley came in fourth place at 19 under.

Here are the top 10 finishers, with the full RBC Canadian Open leaderboard available on PGATour.com:


RBC Canadian Open Leaderboard—Top 10

1. Dustin Johnson (-23)

T2. Whee Kim (-20)

T2. Byeong Hun An (-20)

4. Keegan Bradley (-19)

5. Abraham Ancer (-17)

T6. Tommy Fleetwood (-16)

T6. Danny Lee (-16)

T8. Andrew Putnam (-15)

T8. Brandt Snedeker (-15)

T8. Mackenzie Hughes (-15)

T8. Joel Dahmen (-15)


Johnson got his day started off right with back-to-back birdies on his first two holes:


🎯 @DJohnsonPGA is dialed in early. This will be fun. #QuickHits https://t.co/jhz7jtNE9I

That was a trend for Johnson throughout the RBC Canadian Open. He gained 10 combined shots in the first three holes over the four rounds.

Johnson enjoyed a lot of success on the 16th hole as well. He eagled the hole in the first and third rounds and carded a birdie Sunday. That birdie all but sealed up the title, as it gave Johnson a three-shot lead with only two holes left to play.

Johnson's approach on No. 16 showed why he handled the hole so well. The distance (516 yards) might seem imposing to some golfers, but the 2016 U.S. Open champion could get on the green in two shots:


"That's not possible." 😳 @DJohnsonPGA just hit a pitching wedge 180 yards. From the rough. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/jladTQcaJh

According to PGATour.com, Johnson's 322.8 yards per drive were fourth-most in the tournament, and his 57 greens in regulation were tied for first. His consistency—particularly after the opening round—was the biggest reason for his victory. Between Friday and Sunday, Johnson had three bogeys in total.

Kim birdied No. 18. It was too little, too late after pars on the four previous holes prevented him from making up any ground on Johnson. Likewise, An's birdie on the 18th hole couldn't make up for his failure to keep pace with the leader.

Bradley made a late charge up the leaderboard, finishing eight under in the final round. He eagled the ninth hole, his fifth one of the tournament. According to GOLFonCBS, the 2011 PGA Championship winner was one of five golfers since 1983 to have at least five eagles in one event:


A pretty amazing week for both Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker. https://t.co/qKGwfGx5vB

Bradley teed off more than an hour before Johnson, though, so he was stuck in the clubhouse and powerless to do anything as Johnson protected his lead.

Johnson encountered a setback at The Open Championship, where he failed to make the cut at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. But that was one of the few blemishes on an otherwise strong 2018 campaign. After Sunday, Johnson has three wins and nine top-10 finishes in 14 events.

Golf Digest's Mike O'Malley noted how Johnson has remained consistent over the past three years after seemingly reaching a turning point in his career in 2016:

Mike O'Malley @GD_MikeO

Dustin Johnson 19 PGA Tour wins by year: 2018: 3 2017: 4 2016: 3 2015: 1 2014: 1 2013: 1 2012: 1 2011: 1 2010: 2 2009: 1 2008: 1

According to OddsShark's Stephen Campbell, Johnson was tied with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (+1200, bet $100 to win $1,200) as the favorites to win the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri.

Johnson might edge ahead of Spieth and McIlroy when the odds are updated based on the RBC Canadian Open.