World number one Dustin Johnson capped a two-under-par 68 with a birdie at the last to seal a three-stroke victory in the US PGA Tour Championship and earn the $15m and FedEx Cup playoff title on Monday. He finished with a 21-under-par total at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta - three shots clear of Americans Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas.
“I hit the fairways when I needed to coming down the stretch,” said Johnson, who started the day with a five-shot lead. It's Dustin Johnson's third win since the Tour returned to competition in June, the first player to reach that number, and it likely gives him the edge in the upcoming Player of the Year voting.
He’s the first overall points leader since 2009 to win the season-ending showdown for the $15 million playoff prize. Johnson came close to the FedExCup title back in 2016, when he was edged out by Rory McIlroy, but this time it's him alone at the top with the eight-figure first prize to show for it.
Johnson ended the day and the Tour Championship with 21-under, with Xander Schauffele in second place with 18-under, Justin Thomas in third (18-under), and Jon Rahm (17-under) in fourth. Johnson started the week with a two-shot lead, and he began the final round five shots clear.
He valiantly fended off the competition with a bogey-free back nine to close in 68. He was still nursing a two-shot advantage when he stepped to the treacherous par-3 15th hole. With seemingly an ocean separating him from the green, he took dead aim and hit a shot from 234 yards to inside 15 feet, removing one of the few significant obstacles standing between him and an eight-figure check.
If not for the new staggering system, it is more than likely that Xander Schauffele would have walked away the winner of the $15 million cheque. However this was not to be and even he was satisfied that Johnson deserved the win.
Johnson closed the season in a scorching stretch, winning two of the three playoff events to go along with a runner-up finish at the PGA and a playoff loss at the BMW Championship. "I wanted to be a FedExCup champion.
It was something that, in my career, I wanted to be. And obviously today I got the FedExCup," said Dustin Johnson. Ever the gentleman, Johnson is known for saying "I always knew I wanted to play golf and go to college.
I try hard to be a positive role model, especially on the golf course. I try to carry myself well, and don't do anything outrageous. I try to play the game like a gentleman and give everyone respect. That's how the game should be played." Dustin Johnson FedExCup win is bound to give him a headstart when it comes to Player of the year.