Dustin Johnson has been the story of the FedEx Cup Playoffs so far. His 11-shot victory at The Northern Trust made headlines. Then, he followed it up at a rigorous Olympia Fields to nearly win the BMW Championship.
He was in a position to win it in regulation before Jon Rahm surged to shoot a Sunday 64 and post in front. Johnson came to 18 down one and needing to get up and down from the rough 195 yards out. He hit a great shot to 43’ 3” and sunk the putt in miraculous fashion to force a playoff.
It looked like both were going to par the same 18th hole in the playoff. Except Rahm made an even more improbable 66-footer. Johnson’s 32-footer nearly dropped, but he settled for second place.
DJ is the last one to let a whacky finish get him down.
“I like my position. I feel like the game is in really good form right now,” Johnson was quoted by ASAP Sports. “I’m really, really pleased with all aspects of the game. I’m really looking forward to next week and a chance to win the FedExCup.”
I think Johnson will have a good week, but I think he might get upset for the top prize given his inconsistency at East Lake. He finished dead last in 2020 (T-29th gross) and has been outside the top 20 in four of 10 trips.
DJ’s top Tour Championship result was third in 2018. He had a stretch of 5th, T-5th, and T-6th in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
Narrow fairways are a big reason for DJ’s troubles here. He wasn’t all that accurate last week (53%) but was stellar from the rough. More of that is needed this week.
The 36-year-old also won this year at the Travelers Championship and was T-2nd at the PGA Championship.