Dustin Johnson left commentators stunned with a remarkable shot on his way to surpassing an impressive record held by Tiger Woods.
The World No.1’s Canadian Open victory meant he goes past Tiger as the US PGA Tour’s most prolific winner of the past 10 years.
The 34-year-old’s 19th US Tour title, a three-shot win at Toronto’s iconic Glen Abbey course, surpassed Woods (18) for the most wins since 2008.
That was the year golf great Woods claimed his last major championship.
“To even be mentioned in the same sentence as Tiger means a lot,” he said.
Johnson’s third victory of 2018 was, like his eight-shot win in Hawaii in January and six-shot win in Tennessee in June, a walk in the park.
As you can see in the video above, he had commentators searching for superlatives late in his final round when he crushed a pitching wedge 180 yards straight onto the green from the rough.
“That’s not possible,” one commentator said.
Starting Sunday in a four-way tie for the lead and in the final group, Johnson fired a six-under-par 66 and his 23-under total left playing partner Byeong Hun An (69) and Whee Kim (69) in his wake at 20 under.
Keegan Bradley carded the round of the day, an eight-under 64 which included an eagle two and a birdie-birdie-birdie finish, to jump up to lone fourth.
Johsnon also became the first golfer since Woods in 2009 to win three or more times in three consecutive seasons on golf’s richest circuit.
Johnson said watching 14-time major winner Woods dominate the sport inspired him to create his own legacy.
“The way (Woods) played for that stretch was just incredible,” Johnson said of Woods’s 79 PGA Tour titles.
“What he has done for the game and the things he has done within the game, no one is really ever going to get to that level.
“It motivated me and I’ve definitely improved my game in the last few years.”