08 Sep Dustin Johnson wins TOUR Championship and FedExCup Title
Dustin Johnson held off a determined chasing pack to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title for the first time at East Lake.
Taking a five-shot lead into the final round of the season, Johnson’s lead was cut to two on the back nine. He then executed a series of clutch shots, that helped keep his closest competitors at bay.
The 21-foot par putt on 13 was crucial, as it kept his lead at 3 shots and Johnson followed this up with pars again on the dangerous 14th and 15th holes.
Having hit a 337 yard drive straight down the middle of the final fairway, Dustin’s second shot came up just short, landing in the front bunker. He then splashed out to 5 feet and held the putt for birdie, to close out with a round of 68 and a winning total of 21 under par.
“Being a FedExCup champion is something that I really wanted to do,” said Johnson. “It was something that I wanted to accomplish during my career. It’s a very tough trophy to win”
“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”, said the World Number One. “I knew it was going to come down the stretch and I’d have to hit some golf shots.”
Johnson finished the season with two wins and two runner-up finishes and was the 54-hole leader in all four events.
He shot the second-lowest score in PGA TOUR history to win The Northern Trust by 11 shots and then claimed the TOUR Championship to finally win the FedExCup after qualifying for East Lake in each of the last 12 seasons.
Well done on adding the FedEx Cup title to your long list of achievements, DJ. With 23 titles, you now have the most wins since 2008!