Less than 24 hours after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor had their epic fight in Las Vegas, golfing superstars Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson had at each other in the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York.
World #1 Dustin Johnson overcame a four-shot deficit to end a near four-month victory drought proving he deserved victory more than Open Champion Jordan Spieth.
Johnson pulled off one of the greatest play-off drives of his career to set-up his victory birdie at the first extra-hole on the Glen Oaks course in Old Westbury. The win was Johnson’s first since he captured three victories in succession in the lead-up to withdrawing from April’s Masters.
It is also Johnson’s 16th taste of success on the PGA Tour and strengthens his case, and despite three FedEx Cup Play-Off Series events remaining, for the nomination of PGA Tour ‘Player-of-the-Year’.
The 33-year Johnson produced a last round four-under par 66 to tie Spieth who could manage a one-under par 69 and for both players to end regulation play locked at 13-under and four shots clear of Jhonattan Vegas (65) and Spain’s John Rahm (68).
However, at the first extra hole, the uphill dogleg Par 4 18th, Johnson took on the water hazard guarding the left side of the fairway.
Johnson then fired his second shot 3 feet from the pin to secure the win seconds after Spieth had putted out for a par.
Here’s a look at the top 10 headed into next week’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. The top 100 players in FedEx Cup points are eligible to compete in that tournament.
Rank, Player, FedEx Points
1. Dustin Johnson; 4,466
2. Jordan Spieth; 3,871
3. Justin Thomas; 3,044
4. Hideki Matsuyama; 2,869
5. Jon Rahm; 2,404
6. Rickie Fowler; 1,996
7. Brooks Koepka; 1,768
8. Daniel Berger; 1,717
9. Charley Hoffman; 1,694
10. Jhonattan Vegas; 1,673