With the 2019-20 PGA Tour season now officially concluded and Dustin Johnson the deserved winner of the FedEx Cup, ANDRE HUISAMEN looks back at five of DJ’s best rounds of the golf this past year.
Johnson took his time to get going on Tour in 2020 but since the restart in June, he had emerged as a new competitor. And, despite an urgent regroup after the Memorial Tournament and 3M Open, the American took the golfing world by storm the past six weeks.
Travelers Championship (Round 3)
DJ took moving day at TPC River Highlands in his stride and was like a man on the mission as bad weather threatened to interrupt the afternoon session. He finished the day with a spectacular nine-under-par 61, which yielded not a single bogey. The round had Johnson move to the top of the leaderboard where he remained to win the event on the Sunday by one shot.
PGA Championship (Round 3)
Collin Morikawa eventually won the first Major of the year in excellent fashion on the Sunday but DJ took the lead after 54 holes thanks to a solid moving day at TPC Harding Park. In typical Major conditions and utterly testing a player’s temperament in the big moment, DJ shot a five-under 65 in his third round, thanks mainly to an excellent back nine when he rolled in four birdies.
The Northern Trust (Round 2)
If there ever was a blowout at a golf event then this was it. Winning by a mammoth 11 strokes, all four of DJ’s rounds could under normal circumstances have made the cut for this. But, that’s the thing about his performance that week, it wasn’t normal. The 36-year-old won the Northern Trust with a winning score of 30 under par, the second-lowest in PGA Tour history, with the help of a second-round 60 in Boston. Seven birdies and two eagles concluded his round with an extraordinary 11 under par.
BMW Championship (Final Round)
Jon Rahm’s playoff victory over DJ at Olympia Fields provided a lot of excitement for golfing fans due his massive putt to seal the win, but the American was equally impressive by sinking a 43-foot birdie putt on 18 to force the playoff. That putt was a definite sign of the fight in DJ and his epic battle with Rahm throughout the final round was a spectacle in itself.
Tour Championship (Round 3)
Given how tight things got during last Sunday’s final round at the PGA Tour playoff finale, DJ’s 64 on Saturday might have been the final nail in the coffin in his quest to win a maiden FedEx Cup title. He put daylight between himself and the rest of the field with a third-round 64 that also looked effortless for big parts of his performance. It opened up a five-shot lead between him and second place, which all but sealed his victory at the Tour Championship.