ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson hit his stride at just the ideal time, and it paid off in a large way.
Johnson eventually won the FedEx Cup on Monday by holding his guts, hitting only enough fairways and creating a couple of important putts when his guide started to shrink. He tapped in for birdie on the final hole to get a 2-under 68, providing him a 3-shot success over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at the Tour Championship.
Johnson won the 15 million prize, the largest in golf. Equally significant has been obtaining his name etched on that silver FedEx Cup trophy alongside a few of the very best out of his creation, beginning with Tiger Woods and many lately Rory McIlroy.
“This is a difficult golf program. No lead is safe,” Johnson stated. “The men gave me a fantastic fight now.”
He became the first No. 1 seed in the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup because Tiger Woods at 2009.
Johnson was staked into a five-shot direct at 19-below level — 9 under on his score and beginning the championship at 10 below as the No. 1 seed at the FedEx Cup.
He completed 21 under.
Schauffele, that will bring his very best to large minutes, and Thomas every obtained inside three shots on the front nine. They closed to within two shots deep on the back nine in East Lake.
Johnson gave the lightest fist pump that’s huge emotion for him when he holed a 20-foot par putt on the 13th hole which retained his lead . He left nothing but pars on the back nine before the result was no more in doubt.
Thomas made bogey out of a crazy tee shot into the best on the 17th. Schauffele had to scramble on the 17th, escaping with level after a tee shot to the bunker. And on the par-5 18th, Johnson unleashed a drive that began left over the pine trees and faded softly toward the center of the fairway.
That set up a birdie in the front bunker, a hug with brother Austin, his caddie, and a trophy he wanted.
Schauffele had the lowest score 72 holes 15-below 265, but with no success this season, he began No. 14 from the FedEx Cup, spotting the world’s No. 1 player seven shots.
Schauffele and Thomas tied for second, each making $4.5 million. )
Jon Rahm, the No. 2 seed, closed using a 66 to finish fourth and earn $3 million. ) Scottie Scheffler, that a year ago was preparing to begin his rookie year, had a 66-65 complete and was for a 2.5 million payoff.
And therefore wrapped the strangest season on the PGA Tour, that does not feel like the ending whatsoever except for the $15 million granted to Johnson, $14 million today and $1 million deferred.
The new season begins Thursday. Two majors continue to be performed.
Golf was closed down for 3 weeks, and when it resumed, Johnson had been No. 111 from the FedEx Cup. He won the Travelers Championship plus a month afterwards started a stretch that attracted him into the trophy he desperately desired.
In four consecutive tournaments against the top areas, he had the 54-hole three days and was tied at the other. He converted one in an 11-shot win. He dropped to some 65 by Collin Morikawa in the PGA Championship and into some 65-foot putt by Rahm in the BMW Championship.
He badly needed the previous one, as well as staked into a five-shot result in apartment at East Lake, it was not simple.
Johnson created an 18-foot birdie ancient which was significant because Schauffele maintained hitting it shut. Johnson had successive birdies throughout the par-5 first time, along with his direct stayed .
However he went nicely right off the tee at No. 7 and needed to pitch back into the fairway. He three-putted out of 55 feet on the fringe at No. 8 and then dropped another shot. The lead kept decreasing. Johnson gathered his long birdie putt on the par-3 ninth several 7 feet , and he made the par putt coming back to maintain his lead .
No putt was larger than the 13th, if his lead was down to 2 shots within Schauffele. Johnson moved from left demanding to directly into the green and chipped weakly to 20 ft ) He drilled the par putt, revived the lead to three and was on his way.
“it is a really difficult decoration to win,” Johnson stated. “I controlled my own fate, but I had to go outside and perform well. I had a whole lot of great players directly behind me. It got close in the end. I understood it was likely to come back down the stretch and I would need to hit a few golf shots”