Johnson only had to hold off a charging Nick Watney, who was even better yesterday with a closing 64, but managed to hold on to win by two strokes. He matched three birdies on the front nine with three more on the back for a bogie free round.
Third round leader Jim Furyk, as has been all too common in the past couple of years, faded during his final round, managing only an even par 71 to finish third at -13. Furyk had similar finishes at the PGA Championship and The Valero Texas Open earlier this year, and the U.S. Open last year.
Steve Stricker who was in second headed into Monday's round, which had been suspended on Sunday due to heavy rain, also struggled to a one over par 72 and finished tied for fourth. Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald joined him there. Donald's finish and final round 66 helped propel him barely into the top 30 in FedEx points at 29th. He started the tournament in 54th.
Tiger Woods struggled with his putter all day, missing several putts inside five feet, and posted a final round 71 to finish seven shots back in a tie for 11th.
“It was not a very good putting week,” said Woods, who was coming off a tie for 65th on the T.P.C. Boston. “It’s just one of those weeks where I just didn’t have it.”
Johnson's win pushed him all the way up to 4th place in the FedEx Cup points race. He started the tournament in 27th place. He joins Tiger (1st), Henrik Stenson (2nd), Adam Scott (3rd), and Matt Kuchar (5th) as the players who all control their own destinies later this week in Atlanta at the Tour Championship. If any of those five win later this week, they will capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 Million prize that goes along with it, no matter what anyone else does. Every other player in the field will need to most likely win in Atlanta and get some help from the other competitors.
As far as the Top 30 FedEx Cup bubble goes, Dustin Johnson managed to barely qualify to play at East Lake in Atlanta this weekend as his final round 72 left him in 30th place. Native Georgian and University of Georgia grad Harris English wasn't so fortunate. He entered this tournament in 28th place, but a final round one over par 72 dropped him just outside the bubble as he finishes his season 31st in FedEx Cup points.
So now the PGA Tour moves to the historic East Lake Country Club, Bobby Jones' home golf course when he was growing up, in Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Last year, Brandt Snedeker, who is 10th this year entering the event, won the Tour Championship, and with it he captured the 2012 FedEx Cup. He's in the hunt again if he can win again here and get a little help.
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