Dustin Johnson Bests Jordan Spieth in Northern Trust Playoff
Forget McGregor vs. Mayweather, the big fight came Sunday in Old Westbury, New York.
In a finish fit for a Major, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson knocked off No.3 Jordan Spieth on the first hole of a playoff completing a rally from five stroke back earlier in the round.
Johnson sank a gorgeous 17-foot par putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, then crushed a 341-yard drive on the playoff hole to set up a 4-foot birdie putt for the win.
“It was fun to be in the hunt again and know that my game is going to hold up under pressure,” Johnson said. “I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was before the Masters.”
Spieth started the day up three shots and when he buried a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 5, the lead was up to five strokes. It was Johnson’s 16th career victory on the PGA Tour.
Winning the event gives Johnson 2,000 FedExCup points and runs his total for the season to 4,466, the new leader. Spieth gets 1,200 for finishing second and is up to 3,871 points. Former leader Hideki Matsuyama drops to fourth after missing the cut and Justin Thomas, who earned 355 points, is now third with 3,044.
The top 100 players make the cut to the Dell Technologies Championship next week. Mr. Lucky was Michael Kim who fell from 95th to 100th but still made the cut.