On the first playoff hole, though, he went full Dustin Johnson. And on the final hole in regulation, he curled in an 18-foot par putt that swirled around the cup and fell in the back to match Spieth's two-putt par from 75 feet. And then Spieth put together a stretch Friday afternoon reminiscent of his British Open victory, minus a shot from the driving range, in a 65.
The No. 1 ranked golfer in the world now has four wins this season.
"I needed it more", Johnson said.
"Jordan's a tough competitor", Johnson told CBS' Dottie Pepper in the immediate aftermath.
The 10-time PGA TOUR victor and former THE PLAYERS champion was left to lament a few stretches of bad holes at THE NORTHERN TRUST, particularly a front-nine 40 on Friday. Nobody is better at sinking putts from distance than Spieth. "It was nice in the play-off here, the wind sort of switched so I could cover the water".
"I feel the game's back in form like it was leading into he Masters", he said.
"I really enjoy the course", Chun said. "Just didn't feel like I got into a good flow, but I managed the round really well". I'm feeling really good.
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Spieth, who closed with a 69, held a three-shot lead at the start of the day and made birdies on the third and fifth holes to extend his advantage to five. That victory allowed Johnson to move into the top spot of the FedEx Cup rankings.
Both of her LPGA Tour victories have come in majors - the 2015 U.S. Women's Open and the 2016 Evian Championship. "He won it", Spieth said.
"My game is coming on and the changes I am trying to make are starting to take effect". Matt Kuchar looked as though he might miss the cut until his caddie encourage him to try to get back to even par. But I managed to make a few birdies around the turn and it turned into a great battle to be honest. Suri got his nose in front again with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th. Johnson played bogey-free over the final 29 holes. From the professional tours, trending news, social media headlines and upcoming events, here's every golf-related thing you need to know for the morning of August 28. "But no surprise, either".
Jon Rahm, who played with Johnson and Fowler, had a 68 and was two shots behind along with Justin Rose (68) and Russell Henley (72). Jhonattan Vegas was within two shots after playing the scoring holes.
Defending FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy is seven strokes behind after a 68. Sort of a little inconsistent with my swing and sort of with everything else.
"I thought it was going to miss, for sure", he admitted with a laugh.
The win left Johnson with the lead in the FedExCup Playoffs. "I feel like I've got it back on the right track".