It is such a pity spectators are not allowed at golf tournaments yet. On Monday American golfer Dustin Johnson (36) gave another magnificent performance at TPC Boston in the last round of the Northern Trust championship. He ended on 254, a whole 30-under, a runaway win and an incredible 11 shots in front of Harris English (265).
Daniel Berger (266) was third, followed by Kevin Kisner and Scottie Scheffler (267) who shared fourth place, 13 behind Johnson. Johnson, who came in at 60, 60 and 64 in the first three rounds, finished the last round with a stunning 63 shots in the last round after play was interrupted by rain for 75 minutes.
It was Johnson’s 22nd PGA-victory and he is once again the world’s Number 1. Was it a Mickey Mouse tournament? No, all the big names, like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were there. Johnson’s tournament score is the lowest since 2006 in the PGA-series and just one shot short of the record of 31-under.
He seemed to be the only one of the big names with his game on during this tournament. Even though Tiger Woods started his final round with a four-birdie run and closed with a 66, it didn’t make up for the three days prior, where his inconsistent game left a lot to be desired.
"Every day is different," he said. "That's golf. Shot-to-shot is different. That's the ebb and flow of playing golf." Woods admitted on Sunday that he was finding it difficult to adjust to playing without spectators present, as he has always fed off the energy of the crowds.
Woods has played three events since golf's return from a three-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was a non-factor at both the Memorial and PGA Championship, finished tied for 37th and 40th. Former world Number 1, Rory McIlroy had no choice but to joke about his mediocre performance, especially on the day him and Woods partnered for the early morning round.
"If you need anyone to shoot even to 2-under for a week, I'm your man," he joked after finishing the week at, you guessed it, 2 under. "That's sort of what I've done the last few weeks. Everything is just a little off."
It seems his mind is not on his game as he admitted it feels as if he is just going through the motions. Poor Brooks Koepka didn’t even tee of as he had to withdraw from the even due to his bad knee. Both Phil Mickelson and Jordon Spieth placed outside the top 70, which is required to gain entry to the second stop of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
BMW Championship next week. With so many players struggling and Dustin Johnson playing the game of his life, the golf for the rest of the year seems very unpredictable. All bets are off.