Dustin Johnson is back on the PGA Tour, and now back to winning tournaments like no time has passed, rather than a six-month leave of absence.
Johnson rallied from five strokes down to defeat J.B. Holmes by a single stroke, his first victory since he became a father to seven-wee-old son Tatum.
Holmes’ game fell apart from close range, and Bubba Watson’s miserable shot on No. 14 hurt him. Johnson birdied on No. 15 to take the lead, and his dominant approach shot on 18 got him to a final-round 69 and 9-under for the tournament.
Johnson spoke of his time off as a major catalyst to the win.
“I knew there was something I was missing that could make me great. I was working hard on that, and I think it’s showing right now. I’m so excited right now, I can’t hardly talk. It feels great. This one definitely, by far, is the best one.”
Holmes, who led after 18, 36, and 54 holes, was bad early, with three bogeys in his first six holes. He only managed one birdie, that coming on No. 16. Watson was 4-under at the turn, then had a stretch of three bogeys in four holes that took him out of true contention.
No. 1 Rory McIlroy wound up tied for ninth at 1-under, failing to break 70 the whole tournament.