Sunday’s round at TPC Boston was essentially just a formality.
Dustin Johnson had the win wrapped up well before he stepped up to the first tee.
Johnson, after pushing to a 5-shot lead on Saturday, flew to 30 under on the week to win The Northern Trust by a whopping 11 strokes.
The win launched him up to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and helped him reclaim the top spot in the World Golf Rankings for the first time in more than a year.
Johnson finished the day with an 8-under 63 after an eagle and four birdies on his front nine to solidify his spot atop the leaderboard. From there, he made a pair of birdies while cruising on the back nine — even while waiting through a weather delay in his final few holes — to pick up his second win of the season.
His 30 under tied the second-lowest score related to par posted in a 72-hole event on Tour since 1950. The 36-year-old is now in an incredible position headed into the final two FedExCup Playoffs events, starting next week with the BMW Championship in Chicago.
“This week, I played some really good golf. It was a lot of fun,” Johnson said on CBS after the win. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the FedExCp playoffs. Obviously, I got myself in a really good position going into East Lake and obviously next week, too. Next week is still a really big tournament, and I’m looking forward to going and playing Olympia Fields.”
A near-historic Friday sets up big run
Johnson’s big win is credited largely to a near-historic outing he had on Friday.
Johnson went 11 under through his first 11 holes in Round 2, and tied the lowest nine-hole score related to par in PGA Tour history. That, however, was where he stalled. Johnson closed with seven pars to finish the day with a 60, narrowly missing recording just the 13th sub-60 round in Tour history.
Somehow, though, his round wasn’t the best of the day.
Johnson’s second round gave him a two-shot lead over the rest of the field headed into Saturday, which he quickly pushed to five after a third-round 64.
Tiger Woods’ strong finish
Though he was never in contention at The Northern Trust, Tiger Woods mounted a very strong finish on Sunday.
Woods started out his day with four straight birdies, and then made two more in his final three holes — he slipped and carded a bogey on No. 8 — on the front nine to post a 5-under 31. Thanks to nine straight pars on the back side, Woods finished with a 66 to bring him to 6 under on the week.
He was well behind Johnson, but his outing gave him a bit of momentum headed into next week’s BMW Championship — something he needs as he’s still outside of the qualifying mark for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“I felt like I hit the ball better,” Woods said, via ESPN. “I putted better. Everything was just cleaner and better today. It was good.
“Just wish I would have kept the round going a little bit more. I had a couple nice little eagle looks on the front nine … It could have been one of these really low rounds, but I’ll take 5 under.”