Dustin Johnson won for the third time in eight events, taking the FedEx Cup lead in the process with a three-stroke win at the BMW Championship in Carmel, Indiana, on Sunday.
Johnson finished up his 23-under with a 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish three strokes ahead of the UK’s Paul Casey (-20).
Casey made a couple of rallies on Sunday, the second one coming courtesy a 25-foot eagle putt to pull within a stroke on No. 15. Johnson erased all doubts of a rally with an 18-foot eagle immediately thereafter.
Casey made it two second-place finishes in a row in the FedEx Cup after losing to Rory McIlroy at the Deutsche Bank Championship a week ago. He moved up to No. 5 in the overall standings headed to the TOUR Championships this week in Atlanta.
Johnson took command of the tournament during Friday’s second-round when he fired an 9-under 63. He had two eagles on the day, one on No. 9 and No. 15. He was decidedly more human on Saturday, just even par through 13 before rattling off four in five holes down the stretch.
American Roberto Castro bounced from a disastrous third round to finish third at 17-under. Castro opened the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 65, then fell off with a 74 on Saturday.After racking up 15 birdies and no bogeys on the first two rounds, he had two bogeys and no birdies on Saturday.
Johnson now has close to a 1,000-point lead in the FedEx Cup standings with one tournament to play. He jumped from third to first and has 5,189 points. Patrick Reed is second with 4,203.
Former No. 1 Adam Scott is third with 3,479, followed by current No. 1 Jason Day at 3,409. Two other former No. 1s – Rory McIlroy (sixth) and Jordan Spieth (seventh) are still in the hunt for the overall title.
The top 30 players will compete in Atlanta this week. Missing the cut were stalwarts Rickie Fowler (31st) and Sergio Garcia (32nd),