Golf: Johnson downs Spieth in Northern Trust playoff
NEW YORK (Web Desk) – World number one Dustin Johnson chased down Jordan Spieth with an intruder free round, and after that beat the authoritative British Open champion with a birdie at the principal playoff gap of the Northern Trust on Sunday.
Johnson, who began the day three shots behind overnight pioneer Spieth, set himself up with a beast drive at the main playoff gap and completed off the win with a three-foot birdie putt.
He had tucked his approach in close for a practically certain birdie, so the written work was on the divider when Spieth was not able influence his long birdie to endeavor from the periphery.
The two stars had dueled down the back nine at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York.
Johnson depleted a 17-foot downhill putt for standard at the 72nd opening of direction to drive the playoff, and after that guaranteed his first triumph since back damage endured in a fall constrained him out of the Masters in April.
Until the damage, he d been doing great in 2017, winning three competitions to climb to the highest point of the rankings.
“I feel the amusement s at last back in shape like it was driving into the Masters,” Johnson said. “I m swinging everything truly well, got a considerable measure of control over the golf ball and I m feeling better than average.
“Getting a win here today gives me a great deal of certainty going into one week from now and whatever remains of the playoffs.”
He terminated a last cycle 66 on Sunday for 13-under 267 in the first of four occasions in the US PGA Tour s FedEx Cup playoffs.
Spieth shut with a 69. The main pair were four shots before Venezuela s Jhonattan Vegas, who checked a 65 in the last round, and Spain s Jon Rahm, who marked for a 68.
Spieth was in charge the greater part of the day, and drove by upwards of five on the front nine.
Be that as it may, he and Johnson were tied for the lead making a beeline for the standard three seventeenth, where both were in a shelter.
Johnson impacted out to inside four feet of the gap. Spieth s shot skipped 18 feet from the opening – yet he ventured up and made the putt to remain tied.
At the following, Johnson was in thick harsh off the tee and picked to lay up, abandoning him his testing standard putt as Spieth two-putted from 75 feet for standard.
“I imagined that was a fun appear,” Spieth said of the back-nine duel. “I was trusting it wasn t going to be that much fun.”
Spieth opened the entryway with a twofold intruder five at the standard three 6th gap, where he was in the water off the tee.
He came up short the ninth before a flaw free internal run that included consecutive birdies at 13 and 14.
“I didn t lose the competition,” Spieth said. “He won it.”