Powerful off the tee and relentless with the putter, Dustin Johnson didn’t give anyone much of a chance on Sunday by closing with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.
Johnson won for the third time in his last eight tournaments, including his first major at the U.S. Open. This win at the BMW has been his most complete performance.
He withstood a stubborn challenge from Paul Casey who shot a 5-under 67 on the final day of the tournament also and applied the pressure to DJ throughout. This victory sets up a PGA Tour player of the year showdown with Jason Day in the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta in two weeks.
It took him three holes to give up his three-shot lead to Casey but four birdies in the next five holes re-established his advantage and he was never headed again. Johnson completed 72 holes in 23-under par (265) which was an emphatic display on the final day of the tournament. DJ reeled off five birdies in his next nine holes to pull clear of his challengers and, although a bogey at the par-three 13th cut his advantage to three, he won comfortably after a five-under-par final round of 67.
“I hit a lot of good shots, a couple of bad misses but other than that played really solid all week,” Johnson, 32, said in a greenside interview. “I got a lot of confidence in every part of my game, especially all the work I’ve put in on my wedges has really paid off this year, and this week I used a new putter and it really worked.”
Victory puts him in pole position heading into The Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month, the week before the Ryder Cup, in which Johnson will be one of United States captain Davis Love III’s key players.
“The more I practice, the more I’m in the situation, the more I know what to do and what to expect in the situations and kind of know what shots that I can hit and not to hit and I like it,” he said. “I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to and I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”
It was DJ’s third win in his past eight tournaments and his 12th PGA Tour title since 2008. Only Tiger Woods (18) has won more in that period, while Rory McIlroy has also claimed 12.
Congratulations DJ – another week, another win!