FedEx Cup 2017
Aug 27th, 2017
Dustin Johnson wins Northern Trust Open play off
Overhauls Spieth's 3-shot deficit
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images Styling: GolfPunk
"I didn't lose this tournament (The Northern Trust Open). He (Dustin Johnson) won it," Spieth said after DJ turned around a three shot deficit going into the final round to force, an ultimately win, a play-off at Glen Oaks Country Club, New York.
Johnson carded a -4 round of 66 compared to Spieth's 69, holing a clutch putt of 17 feet on the last to prolong the tournament as bot he and Spieth finished -13 after 72 holes.
The world number one's ball caught the edge of the hole and did a half-circle around the lip before toppling in.
"I feel the game's back in form like it was leading into he Masters," Said DJ. "I'm swinging really well, got a lot of control over the golf ball and I'm feeling really good. Getting a win here gives me a lot of confidence going into next week and the rest of the play-offs."
The tournament was the first of four PGA Tour FedEx play-offs and it was DJ's first win since falling downstairs at the Masters in April.
At the first play-off hole, Johnson knocked his approach to three feet and holed the birdie putt after Spieth had missed from distance.
The pair finished four strokes clear of Spain's Jon Rahm and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas.