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By : BGA Proshop
In what some might say is the best finish to the end of a golf tournament this year at the BMW Championship, Dustin Johnson and winner Jon Rahm did not let us down.
In the end, it was Rahm’s 66-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole that sealed the win but how they both got into the playoff was golf at its finest.
Rahm started the day 3 shots back from Johnson but 2 birdies in the first 4 holes got him back to even to the card. By the turn, he was still 3 shots of the lead but slowly worked his way to the front. He birdied the 10th and 12th hole and tied the lead on the 15th hole. A long birdie on the 16th hole and Rahm was the clubhouse leader at 4 under.
Playing a couple of groups behind Rahm, Johnson got off to a hot start himself. He birdied 3 of his first 4 holes and was looking like he was going to run away with it again like last week but stumbled with bogeys on the 8th and 10th and found himself out of the lead. He made a solid birdie on the par 5 15th and was heading into the last hole one shot back. With a curling 43-foot birdie putt on his last hole, Johnson drained it to take the tournament into extra holes.
In the first extra playoff hole both players found the green in regulation but Rahm was 66 foot away while Johnson was pin high left with about 30 foot left. With one of the best putts in his career Rahm holed it while Johnson came up half a foot short and Rahm claimed his second PGA Tour victory this season.
“Once I teed off today and started striping it the first few holes I knew I had a chance and I just tried not to think about it” Rahm said after this round.
"I knew how good DJ has been playing. I was expecting nothing else, I was fully confident it was going to come into a playoff and hoping to win it. Never did I think I would make another 50-, 60-footer, a couple of breaks in there, to end up winning it."
Johnson remained No. 1 in the FedExCup standings while Rahm moved up to No. 2 as the TOUR Championship begins this week.