Canadian Open Golf
World No.1 Dustin Johnson was blown away when told his Canadian Open victory meant he surpassed Tiger Woods as the US PGA Tour's most prolific winner of the past 10 years.
"To even be mentioned in the same sentence as Tiger means a lot," he said.
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.
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.
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 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."
The big-hitting Johnson was so lethal from tee to green at Glen Abbey that an average putting performance, ranking 29th overall on the greens, mattered little.
On the final day, the South Carolina native averaged 324 yards off the tee and hit 10 of 14 fairways, as well as 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
But the former US Open winner warned his competitors they haven't seen his best golf yet as the US PGA Championship and FedEx Cup playoffs loom.
"One thing I love about this game is no matter how good you are, you can get better and I'm going to continue trying to improve," Johnson said.
He said his victory was particularly special given his fiancee Paulina is the daughter of Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky.
"It definitely means a lot; I have a lot of ties to Canada with Paulina and her dad and thanks to Wayne I get a lot of fans out here," Johnson said.
Australia's Aaron Baddeley closed with a 73 to share 65th at six under while countryman Cameron Percy (70) was five under and Queenslander Rod Pampling (74) was two under.