Heading into the final round of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, the U.S. team needed to rally to overcome a 10 to 8 deficit. After falling behind early in the week, the Americans fought back hard Saturday afternoon winning two out of the four matches and halving the other two.
Johnson and Gary Woodland went out first Saturday afternoon against the tough pairing of Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. After eagle on three, the International team went one up and was able to hold onto that lead for four holes. Back-to-back birdies for Johnson and Woodland quickly gave them a 1-up lead. They extended their lead on the 12th hole after DJ stuck an approach shot to nine feet. They went on to birdie the 17th hole to give them a 2&1 victory over Scott and Oosthuizen. While the team was still trailing, there was a glimmer of hope.
On Sunday, Captain Tiger Woods sent Dustin out against Presidents Cup rookie Haotong Li of China. Each of the final matches in the final session was crucial for the U.S. team if they wanted to comeback. After splitting the first two holes, DJ went on a run. Winning four of the next five-hole Johnson had a 4-up lead. With a birdie on 11, Johnson extended that lead to 5-up. With one finally birdie on 15, Johnson closed out Li. This was the second point on the board for the Americans that afternoon. Matt Kuchar made birdie on the 17th hole to officially clinch the cup for the United States. Dustin Johnson finished the week with a 2-2 record.
Next up for DJ is the Sentry Tournament of Champions where he won back in 2018.