DJ wins Northern Trust in playoff against Spieth
- Author: Angelo Rivera Aug 29, 2017,
Aug 29, 2017, 0:17
Vegas quietly put together a bogey-free round of 65.
Spieth didn't sink it this time, but negotiated the break perfectly and left it 18 inches from the hole, close enough to save par.
The final round developed into a head-to-head battle between playing partners Horsey and Suri, who began the day two shots behind but raced into the lead with five birdies in a front nine of 31.
"I thought that was a fun show", Spieth said of the back-nine duel.
They finished at 13-under 267.
Johnson's victory on Sunday was a major comeback, with Spieth leading by three entering the day.
When asked after the round of what proved to be the defining shot from the tee Johnson was his typical nonchalant self.
The subsequent double bogey opened the door for Johnson and with a two-shot swing at the 9th, where Spieth dropped a shot while Johnson made his first birdie of the day, the lead was just one. Spieth found the middle of the fairway, 172 yards from the green.
Of his 16 victories, this was the first time Johnson faced a must-make putt on the final hole. There would still be two more tournaments and Justin Thomas would still be in great position to try to win the Fedex Cup, but Spieth would certainly have the advantage heading into the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. It's been a tough road to get back to where I feel like my game's able to compete out here again. "I feel like I'm swinging everything really well and I got a lot of control over the golf ball".
Spieth again found the green safely but needed to hole his birdie putt from 25-feet after Johnson knocked his approach to within a few feet to nearly guarantee a three. "Obviously getting the win here today gives me a lot of confidence going into next week and the rest of the playoffs".
Johnson started the season in blistering fashion before injuring his back in a fall on the eve of the Masters in April, saying it has taken him this long to get back to where he was. He now maintains a 595-point edge over Spieth, with Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm rounding out the top five.
Johnson, 33, won the 2016 US Open for his lone major victory. Both men then holed 12-feet birdie putts at the 14th. Despite falling short of winning his fourth PGA Tour title this year, the reigning British Open champion was far from distraught.
Sung Hyun Park won the tournament at 13-under par.