ATLANTA — The degree of golfing exhibited by Dustin Johnson these past 3 weeks is that the stuff of fantasies — and in this situation, the substance of amazing timing.
Apart from putting it all together throughout the week of a significant tournament — which once again looms — that there may be no better time to do this throughout the three-week streak of FedEx Cup playoffs, that Johnson capped off Monday with a success in the Tour Championship.
His final-round 68 was good enough to hold off Xander Schauffele (who took at the smallest 72-hole total of this week) and Justin Thomas by three shots from the strokes-adjusted Tour Championship format, making him a 15 million bonus along with the understanding he’s playing better than anybody using the U.S. Open more than a week off.
“I am playing likely a few of the best golf I’ve ever played,” said Johnson, who’s combined 56 under par over his previous four leagues.
Winning out of Boston two weeks back in the Northern Trust, ending runner-up per week back after losing in a playoff beyond Chicago in the BMW Championship, and currently winning at the Tour Championship looks fantastic on the restart and with the numerous accountants, representatives and cash managers in Johnson’s lifespan.
It has been a wonderful three-week haul, to the tune of over $17.7 million. )
That was the $15 million he won Sunday for shooting the FedEx Cup, which will be charged as a season-long points race and is definitely impacted by everything you do during the year.
But winning and completing runner-up at the first two occasions helped Johnson reach the very best location and gave him a two-shot lead from the staggered strokes structure the Tour Championship has used today for a couple of decades.
There was 1,026,00 because of his second-place end, a hearing loss to Jon Rahm, in the BMW Championship. And there was 1.7-million for winning the Northern Trust.
And all that arrived after finishing tied for second in the PGA Championship four months ago, in which Johnson held the 54-gap lead and taken 68 at the last round but had been passed by Collin Morikawa’s final 64. There is very little shame in shooting under par in the last round of a big, together with Johnson finishing two shots back. Throw from the prize money there, and it has been over $18.7 million from the last month for Johnson.
The cash no longer leaves Johnson blink (he’s earned more than $67 million into his PGA Tour career, and also the FedEx cash is unofficial and not additional to this total.) And it is a very long way removed from if Johnson was hoping to make his PGA Tour card 13 years back — and created 25,000.
“I thought I was wealthy because I likely did not have a few hundred dollars in my bank accounts,” he explained.
Because of the oddities the coronavirus pandemic have wroughtiron, Johnson can’t sit idly by restricting his money and relaxing on the shore. The rescheduled U.S. Open at Winged Foot is next week, and in a few days, Johnson is going to be on site in the famed path that claims to supply an intense test.
All of that makes you wonder… just how did DJ take 80? ) Twice?
Yep, back in the Memorial Tournament in July, after his success in the Travelers Championship, Johnson shot successive 80therefore, beating only 1 participant who finished two rounds.
The next week, Johnson withdrew in the 3M Championship after an opening-round 78, complaining of back troubles.
So that is 80-80-78. Since that time, DJ has taken two rounds of yesteryear 20 rounds from this 60s. And the worst was 71.
“What about DJ would you will never know,” said Thomas, that by discussing second using Schauffele earned $4.5 million. “Hats off to him. I really don’t know if he will discuss it, but I played him in the Museum, and I have never seen him lost, anywhere remotely near this missing.
“He was grinding his [butt] off. He had been placing so bad and enjoying so awful. However he never gave up. He was not quitting. He was only trying to figure out it and he could not locate it again another week, then next you know, he is the FedEx Cup winner and running off.
“That is all you will need to know about golfing right now”
And that is all you want to know about Johnson, who apparently has the capacity to lose disappointment without a lot of energy .
“I do not even keep in mind that,” Johnson explained, somewhat kidding, but additionally noting he had no difficulty going forward by the Memorial/3M struggles.
“It was not difficult at all,” he explained. “I mean… I really don’t know about you, but I hit poor shots all of the time. Everything was only compounded a bit. I really don’t understand. I simply was not swinging quite excellent. My mind was not inside. It had been just a great deal of bad. Nonetheless, it’s real easy to overlook. All it takes is a few great shots and it has gone.”
There’s obviously something in Johnson’s ability to not take things too seriously, not to get overly worked up about collapse, that has functioned well.
annually later three-putting the final green in Chambers Bay at 2015 to dismiss off the U.S. Open, he won the championship at Oakmont. He’s shown resiliency in rebounding back from tough losses in two big championships, the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, 10 years back.
The PGA Championship last month in Harding Park saw a degree of disappointment for Johnson. This was the fourth time he’d neglected to convert a 54-hole lead at a major.
And here he’s a month afterwards, having won 2 of the previous few championships and holding the FedEx Cup trophy.
Ordinarily, there would be a opportunity to unwind, to appreciate. The Tour Championship is the conclusion of a very long season, and though the new one starts up, Johnson along with other leading players utilize the opportunity to decompress.
Not today. Nothing is ordinary around 2020, golf included. The rescheduled U.S. Open starts on Sept. 17. In under a week, Johnson will probably be at Winged Foot — a path he’s never seen — attempting to get prepared to win another significant championship.
He has 23 PGA Tour wins, moving one past Raymond Floyd and one behind Gary Player (who it must be noted’d over 100 professional international wins, including nine big championships) and two supporting Johnny Miller.
That is Hall of Fame material, and it’s easy to overlook that just Tiger Woods (82) and Phil Mickelson (44) have more successes among active players compared to Johnson.
There’s, clearly, that thing of personalities, and only the one which Johnson possesses. If timing is everything, then he must be prepared to be one of the contenders in Winged Foot. And at the Masters in November.
“I’m excited,” he explained. “Obviously I am playing well. I have got a great deal of confidence in the sport, so I am really excited about the next few months ”