Dustin Johnson Proves To Be Ultimate Driving Machine At Crooked Stick
Carmel, Indiana – Dustin Johnson has won every year on Tour in his nine seasons, but only two of those were years with multiple wins (2010 and 2016). After dominating at Pete Dye’s Crooked Stick for his third victory of the year at the BMW Championship, Johnson is clearly in the prime of his golfing life at 32 years old. Rounds of 67-63-68-67 were enough to hold off Paul Casey by 3 shots, who once again finished as a runner-up to a supreme driver of the golf ball (McIlroy edged out Casey last week at TPC Boston). Casey started the final round three shots back and briefly tied the lead on the third hole, but Johnson quickly regained control, making birdie on four of his next five holes. When Casey eagled the par 5 – 15th, DJ poured his eagle putt right on top to match the Englishmen. It was another virtuoso performance for the world No.2, finishing the week at -23, eclipsing McIlroy’s 2012 mark at Crooked Stick by four shots.
After struggling with the flat stick to start the ball on his intended line the last few weeks, DJ switched putters at the BMW, going with a TaylorMade Spider mallet after many years with a Scotty Cameron Newport blade. DJ made 24 birdies and 3 eagles at Crooked Stick blitzing the field in both categories (and set the course record with a 63 in the second round). Johnson, who worked tirelessly on his wedge game in the off season, has turned a weakness into a strength and now ranks fifth in proximity from 50-125 yards on the PGA Tour.
After his third “W” in his last eight starts, DJ is as confident as ever: “I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to. I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great shots to finish it off.”
DJ vaults to the top of the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake, and Paul Casey who started the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 68th, grabbed a spot in the much coveted top 5 (control your own destiny) position after his back to back runner-up finishes.
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Patrick Reed
3. Adam Scott
4. Jason Day
5. Paul Casey
Rickie Fowler was the odd man out of the Tour Championship – finishing in the 31st spot in the points standings after Charl Schwartzel shot an 8 under par – 64 on Sunday to snag the last remaining spot in Atlanta. Along with Schwartzel, Roberto Castro, J.B Holmes, and Daniel Berger all moved into the top 30 Sunday to move on to East Lake. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Henrik Stenson were all bumped outside the top 30 and will miss the Tour Championship.
World N0.1 Jason Day withdrew on Sunday with a back injury but is expected to play at the Tour Championship at East Lake.