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Jon Rahm putts ball through the green, makes come-backer for par

Jon Rahm putts ball through the green, makes come-backer for par

At the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play he wasn't pushed passed the 16 hole until Sunday morning's semifinal match when he defeated Hideto Tanihara, 2 and 1, and he was 25 under for seven matches.

That makes him the first player to capture all four World Golf Championships.

Johnson needed a birdie on the 17th hole and a par on the last to defeat the 54th-ranked Tanihara in their semi-final. But he missed two putts to square the match, Haas made a 4-foot birdie on the 15th hole to go 2 up and close him out on the 17th. Johnson three-putted the 10th hole for the third straight match, regained momentum with a two-putt birdie on the 12th hole - Rahm hit his tee shot downhill and downwind at 438 yards, Johnson at 424 yards - and then the Spaniard began his remarkable rally that came up short. "If you divide it by the actual number of events he's played, he is in the top 10 in the world". I really like going to Augusta.

"(My pulse) got a little faster than I would have liked starting on about 16", Johnson said. "I feel like everything is working pretty well".

He is committed to be in Houston this week for the Shell Houston Open but when asked after Sunday's win if he would think about skipping to rest for the Masters, he hesitated.

As he has done all week, Johnson took an early grip on his opponent's throat, winning the first three holes.

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"I've got to make it to the finals first", Johnson said of his chance at history.

In terms of the WGC leaderboard, Tiger Woods is top with an astonishing 18 and DJ is now second with a more-than-reasonable five. I've actually played good there the last two years.

"It shows me that I can compete with someone like DJ and any other player, even if I had probably one of my worst front nines possible", Rahm said.

KEY STATISTIC: Johnson is the only semifinalist who has never trailed in a match all week.

In 2009 the WGC-Champions was introduced in China, meaning all four WGCs were individual events and now DJ has become the first man to win all four.

Rahm then drove through the green at the par-four 18th, ending up over the back, from where, perhaps distracted by a loud sudden banging noise just as he started his swing, he misjudged his 80-foot chip shot and could only par, allowing Johnson to escape with the win.