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By : BGA Proshop
Dustin Johnson wins his first FED EX Cup taking out the season ending Tour Championship.
Johnson put on a dominate display the last 4 weeks and capped it off this week with another victory winning the Tour Championship by 2 strokes. If it wasn’t for Jon Rahm’s 60 foot bomb of a putt in the first playoff hole last week, Johnson could have been standing here with 3 victories in a row heading into the US Open.
He accomplished much in his 13-year PGA Tour career. With 23 wins, six WGC victories and a U.S. Open title to his name, his career is among the best of the modern era. Now he can add FED EX Cup champion to that list and a bonus check of $15 million dollars.
“I want to win. I wanted to be a FedEx Cup champion,” Johnson said. “It was something in my career that I would like to be, and obviously today I got [it]. I’m very proud of the way I played.”
Starting the day with a 5 shot lead over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele, Johnson knew he was in pole position to win his first FED EX Cup. Thomas was the one who kept at Johnson the whole day and if it wasn’t for his blemishes, in which he had 3 bogeys, would have caught Johnson in a tie.
Thomas started his first 7 holes in 4 under but made a bogey on the 8th to give Johnson some breathing room. He couldn’t find birdie again until the 16th but gave it straight back on the 17th. His birdie on the 18th came too late and was too far back to catch Johnson.
Johnson who was playing in the group back from Thomas started with 3 birdies in his first 6 holes. He looked like he was going to run away with it again like he did 2 weeks ago at The Northern Trust where he won by 11 strokes but two late bogeys on the 7th and 8th made the tournament interesting.
A crucial par save on the 13th hole kept his cushion and a birdie on the 18th hole stamped his tournament victory.
"This is a tough golf course. No lead is safe," Johnson said. "The guys gave me a good fight today."
"It's a very tough trophy to win," Johnson said. "I controlled my own destiny, but I still had to go out and play well. I had a lot of great players right behind me. It got close at the end. I knew it was going to come down the stretch and I'd have to hit some golf shots."
“Got a few days off and then the U.S. Open,” Johnson said. “Not really much of a break, but I’m definitely pleased to be the FedEx Cup Champion.”