Well, if anyone was worried about how Dustin Johnson would bounce back after giving up his lead on the final day of the PGA Championship, worry no longer as he was in top form for the first tournament of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Johnson put on one of the greatest performances of his career over the past four days at TPC Boston, shooting an incredible 30-under to cruise to an 11-shot win at the Northern Trust, putting him in great position heading into the BMW Championship.
Dustin Johnson was incredible at the Northern Trust
Dustin Johnson was absolutely incredible at TPC Boston these past four days and you almost have to feel sorry for runner-up Harris English. In a normal week, 20-under would usually be enough to pick up a victory but Dustin Johnson wasn’t playing normal golf at the Northern Trust.
Following an opening-round 67 on Thursday, Dustin Johnson caught fire on Friday. Through 11 holes in his second round, DJ was 11-under and on pace to shatter Jim Furyk’s single-round PGA Tour scoring record of 58. But he made seven straight pars and had to settle for a 60. Yes, settling for a 60 was part of Johnson’s narrative this week. That’s how good he was.
DJ took a two-shot lead into the weekend and extended that lead to five after magnificent round on Saturday. With six birdies and an eagle against just one bogey, Johnson shot a 64 to get to 22-under for the week and closed things out with a 63 to get to 30-under, 11 shots better than English.
With the victory, Dustin Johnson moved to the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. He came into the Northern Trust at No. 15 in the standings but with triple the number of points available in the playoffs, he vaulted past Justin Thomas and heads to next week’s BMW Championship in Chicago at No. 1.
Numerous big names were eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs following the Northern Trust
While Dustin Johnson and 69 others will now prepare for the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, numerous big-name players saw their PGA Tour season come to an end on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson came into the week at No. 67 in the FedEx Cup standings but missed the weekend and saw his spot in the top 70 disappear. Rickie Fowler came in at No. 88 and needed a big week at TPC Boston to crack the top 70 but finished tied for 49th and will head home. Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, and Justin Rose will also end their respective seasons earlier than they would have liked.
As for Tiger Woods, he closed out the Northern Trust with a strong round of 66, tying for 58th at 6-under, but he’ll have some work to do at the BMW Championship if he wants to make it to the Tour Championship. The top 30 in the standings will compete at East Lake and Tiger heads to Chicago at No. 57.
A look at the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the BMW Championship
Here are the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings as the playoffs move to Olympia Fields for the BMW Championship.
|FedEx Cup Ranking||Player||Northern Trust Finish|
|35||Byeong Hun An||CUT|
|69||Charles Howell III||T44|