World’s No. 1 golfer wins Dell Match Play

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Suzanne Hal­libur­ton shal­libur­ton@states­man.com

The body lan­guage was telling. Dustin John­son usu­ally didn’t give much away. Yet

the world’s top-ranked golfer would raise a clinched fist af­ter each birdie, ac­knowl­edg­ing the large throng of peo­ple who fol­lowed him dur­ing Sun­day’s fi­nal of the WGC-Dell Tech­nolo­gies Match Play at Austin Coun­try Club. There were three such times to cel­e­brate a birdie. The fourth came af­ter a rou­tine four-foot putt for

par on the 18th, giv­ing John­son the vic­tory — his third straight in as many starts — and its $1.66 mil­lion pay­check. John­son’s fi­ancee, Paulina Gret­zky, and his young son joined him mo­ments af­ter the putt gave him the 1-up vic­tory over Jon Rahm.

“This was a tough one,” John­son said. “It was a

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