The No.1 golfer in the world Dustin Johnson claimed his maiden FedEx Cup title after a three-stroke victory at the Tour Championship on Monday.
The in-form American carded a two-under 68 in the final round at East Lake and finished his campaign with a victory, and win the $15million prize.
Johnson finished at 21 under, three strokes clear of Justin Thomas (66) and Xander Schauffele (66).
The Mighty Johnson was in splendid form to end the season, finishing as runner-up at the US PGA Championship and BMW Championship, either side of his huge win at the Northern Trust.
He carried that run into Atlanta, where he posted three rounds in the 60s, including a solid Monday that featured four birdies and two bogeys.
Johnson started with three birdies on his first six holes before dropping shots at seven and eight, but a consistent back nine was sealed with a gain at the last.
His FedEx Cup crown adds to his 2016 U.S. Open title, while the Tour Championship win marked his 23rd success on the PGA Tour.
While Thomas, the 2017 FedEx Cup champion and Schauffele closed tied for second, Jon Rahm (66) ended up outright fourth at 17 under.
“The prestige, for sure,” Johnson said after delivering a key par putt and steady play down the stretch for a 2-under 68 and a three-shot victory in the Tour Championship.
“Being a FedEx Cup champion is something that I really wanted to do. I wanted to hold that trophy at the end of the day,” Johnson said. “It was something that I wanted to accomplish during my career.”
Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas each got within three shots on the front nine. They each got within two shots of Johnson with two holes to play. He never let them catch them, and his only birdie of the back nine on the final hole gave him his third victory since June and the 23rd of his PGA Tour career.
“It’s a very tough trophy to win,” Johnson said. “I controlled my own destiny, but I still had to go out and play well. I had a lot of great players right behind me. It got close at the end. I knew it was going to come down the stretch and I’d have to hit some golf shots.”
Dustin now became the first No. 1 seed at the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup since Tiger Woods in 2009. Forthwith he has his name etched on the silver trophy adjacent some of the best from his generation, from the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, with Hall of Famers, major champions and former world No. 1 players in between.Posted on: 2020 Sep 8 Tue