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By : BGA Proshop
Since the long layoff because of the coronavirus, Dustin Johnson has been looking for a putter to help him claim victory. At the Charles Schwab Challenge two weeks ago, Johnson tried one but missed the cut. Last week at the RBC Heritage, he tried another which tied him for 17th but was still not happy. This week at Cromwell before the start of the tournament he narrowed it down to 2 and the TaylorMade Truss blade model was put into play and boy did it pay off.
It was Johnson’s round on Saturday that shot him up the leader board and into contention for the tournament. He shot a bogey-free 61 and his putter was running hot. Out in 31 and in with 30. To be able to shoot 61 around any golf course in the world you need to be holing putts and Johnson sure was.
So on Sunday, Johnson started 2 shots behind overnight leader Brendon Todd. It took him five holes to draw even and the next four to take the lead. From there he needed to tough it out if we wanted to win the tournament. His most crucial hole out of the tournament might have been the 15th hole on Sunday. After a birdie on the 14th hole, it was “heat check time” as he stood up to the 294-yard drivable par 4 15th. With water hugging the left side of the green Johnson pulled his drive slightly and it looked like the tournament was over but like last week with Webb Simpson you need a bit of luck.
If Johnson’s ball landed on the bank it would have kicked into the water if it landed in the water it would have been out of play but it landed on this narrow piece of rough and it stopped dead in its track still in play. Without a stance on dry land, he had to remove his shoes and roll up his pants to stand in the water to play his second. It was a bit of a flubbed chip which went halfway up the bank and rolled back down into the rough. He then hit his chip to 6 foot and rolled it straight in for a par retaining a 2 shot lead.
"It was lucky, but a still had to make a good up-and-down to make par," Johnson said after the round when questioned about the 15th hole.
Johnson bogeyed the 16th but had enough of a lead in the end to par the last 2 and claim victory over Kevin Streelman.
“It’s very exciting to get my 21st win and then get my first win of the season,” Johnson said. “It was big because I hadn’t played very well. But I put in a lot of good work the last couple weeks after Colonial, and so it’s nice to see the game just start coming around.”
The win also continues Johnson’s streak of 13 consecutive victories over the past 13 years giving him a win each season.
"I'm definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak and I want to keep it going," Johnson said. "It was a long time between wins, though, and, so, hopefully it won't be that long for the next one."