Welcome back, DJ.
Dustin Johnson, once literally unbeatable, hadn’t been the same ever since his fall at Augusta. But even when he was “off” he was still fighting for wins. That fight was completed on Sunday at The Northern Trust. Johnson began the day down three shots to Jordan Spieth, and soon found himself down five as he ran together par after par to open up the final round.
What happened then, however, was straight out of DJ’s playbook from the earlier part of the season. The second Spieth opened up the door even a hair – when Spieth gave back three strokes in four holes to close out the front nine – Johnson pounced. Birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 gave him the opening he needed. While Spieth never folded to the end, Johnson’s massive power advantage proved to be the difference when the tournament went into a playoff.
When Johnson is playing the way he did last on Sunday, we’re brought right back to where we were in March: it’s impossible to imagine anybody getting the best of him, pretty much anywhere in the world. TPC Boston presents its own unique challenges, and DJ should be prepared to handle them well.
He’s finished in the top ten twice in his last four trips, and last year tied for eighth coming off a similar end-of-season run. This Playoff season isn’t a two-man race yet by any means, but if Johnson carries over Sunday’s momentum into the Dell Technologies Championship, we could see a big spread open up.
Will Dustin Johnson do it again this week? Will Jordan Spieth regain his grasp on the top spot? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @ProGolfNow.