After an unexpected, unpredictable PGA season, the Tour Championship hedged closer to expected towards the end, with the world Number 1 walking away with the season-prize – a cool $15 000. It's Dustin Johnson's third win since the Tour returned to competition in June, the first player to reach that number, and it likely gives him the edge in the upcoming Player of the Year voting.
Johnson came close to the FedExCup title back in 2016, when he was edged out by Rory McIlroy, but this time it's him alone at the top with the eight-figure first prize to show for it. Johnson ended the day and the Tour Championship with 21-under, with Xander Schauffele in second place with 18-under, Justin Thomas in third (18-under), and Jon Rahm (17-under) in fourth.
“I hit the fairways when I needed to coming down the stretch,” said Johnson, who started the day with a five-shot lead. Johnson started the week with a two-shot lead, and he began the final round five shots clear.
He valiantly fended off the competition with a bogey-free back nine to close in 68. He was still nursing a two-shot advantage when he stepped to the treacherous par-3 15th hole. With seemingly an ocean separating him from the green, he took dead aim and hit a shot from 234 yards to inside 15 feet, removing one of the few significant obstacles standing between him and an eight-figure check.
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Johnson closed the season in a scorching stretch, winning two of the three playoff events to go along with a runner-up finish at the PGA and a playoff loss at the BMW Championship. If not for the staggered start, Xander Schauffele may have been able to win the event as he did three years ago.
His 15-under 265 score was three shots clear of Rahm and four shots better than both Johnson and Thomas. But because Schauffele has not won this season, he started the week at 3 under and seven shots back. A closing 66 continues his strong pattern of success at East Lake.
It included five birdies and got him a share of second place and a $4.5 million payday. Not a bad day at the office . . . Jon Rahm was the only player to beat Johnson during the playoffs but unfortunately his final-round charge was derailed by a double bogey on No.
4 after hitting his approach shot into the lip of a bunker. He rallied from there, with four birdies and an eagle over his final 14 holes, but never got quite close enough to challenge the leader. "I wanted to be a FedExCup champion. It was something that, in my career, I wanted to be. And obviously today I got the FedExCup," said Dustin Johnson.