NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson is relieve to No. 1 on this planet and wants to cease there as prolonged as he can.
The style wherein he obliterated one of many strongest fields of the year at The Northern Have confidence is to wonder how he ever left in the first spot.
At his finest, no one makes golf glance more uncomplicated.
“He can completely dismantle a golf direction,” said Kevin Kisner, who extinct to coast to junior golf tournaments with Johnson as soon as they had been kids in South Carolina. “I’ve been watching it for 25 years. I’m wonderful conversant in it. When he’s on, I appropriate step to the side and take a look at so as to add on to my bank fable.”
The numbers that defined Johnson’s dominance lunge properly past the $1.71 million he earned for his 22nd profession victory on the PGA Tour, his second this summer since golf returned from the pandemic or his fifth title in the FedEx Cup playoffs, tying him with Rory McIlroy for many in the postseason.
He started with a five-shot lead Sunday and matched the low salvage of the final round with an 8-under 63. Harris English, twiddling with Johnson in the final neighborhood, shot 32 on the entrance nine and misplaced ground.
“Extra or less had my enjoy tournament that I was as soon as playing,” English said.
His 11-shot victory was as soon as the widest margin on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson won by 13 at the TPC Sugarloaf outside Atlanta in 2006, per week earlier than the Masters.
When he tapped in for birdie on the final hole at TPC Boston, he was as soon as at 30-under 254, both non-public bests.
Johnson became finest the third participant to enact at 30-under par or better on the PGA Tour. He was as soon as one shot from the file Ernie Els plot in 2003 at Kapalua. Jordan Spieth was as soon as 30 under at Kapalua in 2016. He additionally was as soon as one shot from the 72-hole file Justin Thomas plot — 253 — when he won the Sony Originate in 2017.
Johnson wasn’t conscious about both file. “What is it?” he said when it was as soon as over, and then added, “That’s all merely. Next time.”
What ended in those numbers was as soon as lacking finest three greens over his final 54 holes — none on Sunday — while posting rounds of 60-64-63 the final three rounds, the bottom closing 54-hole complete in tour history.
The 60 in the second round was as soon as noteworthy for Johnson being 11 under thru 11 holes. It will also had been the first time golf was as soon as buzzing relating to the prospect of a 57. Not many will also enjoy guessed he would enact with seven pars.
However then, Johnson is a mystery even at his finest.
He shot 61 on his methodology to winning the Travelers Championship, however when he returned after a two-week shatter, he had a pair of 80s to omit the decrease at Memorial, and a 78 earlier than he withdrew from the 3M Originate in Minnesota.
Since then, he has a median salvage of 66.25 in 12 rounds.
He came off the disappointment of one other main that was as soon as in his establish — the PGA Championship was as soon as his fifth runner-up enact in the majors, along with the profession Monumental Slam of silver medals — by steamrolling the head 125 gamers outside Boston.
Claude Harmon III, his swing coach, recalls Johnson exhibiting up for The Northern Have confidence, going to the vary and then announcing, “Bro, what am I supposed to be working on all over again? I was as soon as hitting it factual in San Francisco.”
And he was as soon as. Johnson had a one-shot lead going into the final round at Harding Park and shot 68, finest to lose to a 65 by Collin Morikawa. There was as soon as disappointment in no longer adding to his lone main (2016 U.S. Originate at Oakmont) however no longer in the methodology he played that week.
“I didn’t feel like I indubitably did something lunge at he PGA,” Johnson said. “On the full, you shoot 68 on Sunday in a first-rate with the lead on a tricky golf direction, you’re going to recall more veritably than no longer. So obviously, Collin jut played very, thoroughly. … Went dwelling and took a pair of days off, and then obtained relieve to work. The game started feeling indubitably factual.”
He moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, the fifth time in the postseason he has been at the head. The trick is being No. 1 when it ends at East Lake in two weeks, and that has confirmed advanced.
His closest call was as soon as in 2016 when he was as soon as the No. 1 seed at the Tour Championship, He was as soon as tied for the lead going into the final round, shot 73 and peaceable would enjoy won the FedEx Cup if both Kevin Chappell or Ryan Moore had won a 3-man playoff. McIlroy damage up the winner of the tournament and the FedEx Cup.
As factual as Johnson checked out The Northern Have confidence, it be no longer related what occurs this week at the BMW Championship, it peaceable comes down to four days at East Lake. That powerful he knows.
“It’s something I haven’t won,” Johnson said. “It’s something I’ve been end to winning as soon as or twice, and it’s appropriate something that I’d in actuality like to enjoy on my resumé when I’m carried out playing golf. It’s a immense title. It intention loads to the full guys out here. It positively intention loads to me.”