It was never a matter of if he’d win, it was whether he’d wrap it up by nightfall. Here’s how things ended up at The Northern Trust, where Dustin Johnson endured a late weather delay to polish off an 11-shot win:
Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson (-30), Harris English (-19), Daniel Berger (-18), Kevin Kisner (-17), Scottie Scheffler (-17), Jon Rahm (-16), Webb Simpson (-16)
This was Johnson’s tournament from the moment he torched the front nine Friday en route to a second-round 60. He distanced from the field Saturday and kept the pedal down during the final round, finishing the week with more eagles (5) than bogeys (3).
It’s his second victory since the Tour resumed competition in June and will ensure he tees off next week both at No. 1 in the FedExCup and No. 1 in the world rankings. It’s the first win on Tour by 10+ shots in a decade and the third time he’s won this event since 2011, with all three wins on different courses (Plainfield, Glen Oaks, TPC Boston).
Johnson had endured a few recent hiccups, shooting 80-80 at Memorial and withdrawing from the 3M Open, and this was his first start since a disappointing runner-up at the PGA Championship. But with another clinical weekend display en route to career win No. 22, Johnson proved once again that he’s hard to reach, let alone beat when all systems are go.
Quote of the day: “When he’s on, I just step to the side and try to add on to my bank account.” – Kisner, who has played competitively against Johnson since their days together in junior tournaments in South Carolina.
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