ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson only appears like he performs without the need of a pulse. Beneath his stoic stare and that swagger as he walked the fairways of East Lake ended up jangled nerves Monday mainly because it meant so considerably to him.
The $15 million prize for successful the FedEx Cup? That would get anyone’s focus, specifically somebody who thought he was rich when Johnson cashed his initial event verify as a PGA Tour rookie for $113,571.
But there was a lot more.
”The status, for absolutely sure,” Johnson claimed soon after providing a key par putt and continuous participate in down the stretch for a 2-beneath 68 and a three-shot victory in the Tour Championship.
”Being a FedEx Cup winner is something that I actually wished to do. I needed to hold that trophy at the close of the working day,” Johnson claimed. ”It was some thing that I desired to attain for the duration of my profession.”
He did it by hitting his stride at just the ideal time.
He gained two of the three FedEx Cup postseason functions and misplaced in a playoff by a 65-foot putt in the other. It all came down to the last working day of the last party, and even with a five-shot guide, it was in no way easy.
Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas each received inside 3 photographs on the entrance 9. They every single got within two pictures of Johnson with two holes to participate in. He never ever allow them catch them, and his only birdie of the back nine on the ultimate hole gave him his third victory considering that June and the 23rd of his PGA Tour profession.
”It’s a really challenging trophy to win,” Johnson claimed. ”I managed my very own destiny, but I continue to had to go out and participate in properly. I experienced a whole lot of terrific gamers appropriate driving me. It bought shut at the conclusion. I understood it was heading to come down the stretch and I would have to hit some golf shots.”
None had been even bigger than the 20-foot par putt on the 13th hole to keep his lead at 3 pictures, the 5-iron properly on the green on the hardest hole at East Lake, another 5-iron over the water on the par-3 15th – the one particular hole where by large numbers lurk – and a wedge out of a deep bunker and on to the inexperienced at the 16th.
”This is a rough golfing system. No lead is risk-free,” Johnson said. ”The fellas gave me a fantastic struggle currently.”
Johnson grew to become the very first No. 1 seed at the Tour Championship to acquire the FedEx Cup since Tiger Woods in 2009. Now he has his title etched on the silver trophy along with some of the best from his generation, starting off with Woods and most a short while ago Rory McIlroy, with Corridor of Famers, significant champions and previous planet No. 1 gamers in involving.
Schauffele, who tends to deliver his best golfing to large moments, slice the lead to two shots when the two experienced to scramble for par on the 13th. Schauffele skipped his par putt from 25 ft, and Johnson rammed his in.
”He’s right here to gain the match,” stated Schauffele, who closed with a 66 and had the cheapest 72-hole score of the event at 265. ”He produced that putt. I failed to. That was a pinnacle moment.”
Thomas built bogey from a wild tee shot to the ideal on the 17th. Schauffele also had to scramble on the 17th, escaping with par soon after a tee shot into the bunker. And on the par-5 18th, Johnson unleashed a generate that started out remaining along the pine trees and faded gently toward the center of the fairway.
That set up a birdie from the entrance bunker, a hug with brother Austin, his caddie, and a trophy he extensive wished.
Johnson was staked to a 5-shot guide at 19-less than par – 9 less than on his very own rating and beginning the tournament at 10 beneath as the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup. He concluded at 21 less than.
Schauffele and Thomas tied for next, each individual earning $4.5 million.
Jon Rahm, the No. 2 seed, shut with a 66 to finish fourth and receive $3 million. Scottie Scheffler, who a year in the past was receiving ready to get started his rookie year, had a 66-65 complete and was fifth for a $2.5 million payoff.
And so wrapped up the strangest time on the PGA Tour, which won’t experience like the conclusion at all except for the $15 million awarded to Johnson, $14 million now and $1 million deferred.
The new season begins Thursday. Two majors are continue to to be performed.
Golfing was shut down for a few months and when it restarted, Johnson was No. 111 in the FedEx Cup. He gained the Vacationers Championship. He adopted with a pair of 80s in the Memorial and then a 78 at the 3M Open in Minnesota prior to he withdrew simply because he wasn’t sensation quite correct.
Considering that then, he appears like the most significant expertise in golfing.
”I performed with him at the Memorial, and I’ve never ever witnessed him as shed, any where remotely close to that misplaced,” Thomas stated. ”He was placing so negative and participating in so bad. But he under no circumstances gave up. He was just trying to discover it out there and he could not discover it once more the subsequent 7 days, and then subsequent factor you know, two months afterwards he’s the FedEx Cup winner.
”I believe which is all you want to know about golfing proper there.”
In 4 straight tournaments versus the most effective fields, he experienced the 54-hole 3 situations and was tied in the other. He transformed a person into an 11-shot win. He dropped to a 65 by Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship and to a 65-foot putt by Rahm at the BMW Championship.
He poorly needed the very last a person, and even staked to a 5-shot lead to par at East Lake, it was under no circumstances uncomplicated.
It almost never is for Johnson.
But he is back on major at No. 1 and with a trophy he badly wished. Subsequent up is the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in two weeks, a challenging training course, the kind Johnson loves. Even now to appear is the Masters. The celebration can wait around until finally the holiday seasons. He would like to keep heading.
”I’m actively playing well. I’ve got a ton of self confidence in the activity,” he reported. ”I’m definitely wanting forward to the upcoming naturally couple months.”