Dustin Johnson wins Tour Championship to clinch FedEx Cup

The world No. 1 clinched the season-ending Tour Championship with a three-shot victory to win the FedEx Cup and equal the largest single payout in PGA Tour historical past, matching the $15 million earned by Rory McIlroy for profitable the identical title final season.
Johnson’s profession PGA Tour earnings at the moment are simply in need of $68 million, putting him fifth on the all-time listing. Solely Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh have earned extra all through their careers on the tour.
“It means rather a lot, I am very pleased with being the FedEx Cup champion,” Johnson advised CNN’s Patrick Snell. “It is one thing that I positively needed to do in my profession of golf. I believe it is proper up there with being a significant winner.

“I have been very shut a few instances and to lastly get it accomplished this 12 months, I could not be extra enthusiastic about it.”

Going into the US Open later this month, Johnson is certainly golf’s in-form participant and the one to beat.

That he has been capable of finding kind has been one thing of a shock, even for him, given the harm issues the American has needed to face.

“I did not play any [tournaments] final fall as a result of I had surgical procedure on my knee,” he recalled. “Then performed a few occasions and performed okay. Clearly the sport is in actually good kind, I am actually enthusiastic about the place the sport is correct now.

“Though I simply gained the FedEx Cup, it will likely be good to get to have a good time somewhat bit with Paulina [wife] and the youngsters and my brother — however just for a few days as a result of then I’ve received to begin preparing for the US Open.”

The Tour Championship — the ultimate event of the FedEx Cup — featured the highest 30 gamers within the FedEx Cup standings, primarily based on factors accrued all through the season.

Because the top-ranked participant, Johnson started the event in East Lake, Atlanta, on 10-under par, with beginning scores descending all the way down to stage par for gamers ranked 26 to 30.

Johnson held a seemingly comfy five-shot going into the ultimate day, however endured a nervy end down the stretch after seeing his lead minimize to simply two by enjoying companion Xander Schauffele.

However the 36-year-old stated he’s “shut” to enjoying the most effective golf of his life — and when he is doing that, Johnson may be very laborious to catch.

“I am enjoying very nicely, I am actually assured in every little thing I am doing proper now,” he stated. “However there’s nonetheless some room for enchancment

“So I will go residence, I will take a few days off, let the thoughts relaxation. Mainly I am fantastic, I may play each week, bodily, however the thoughts has received to relaxation. That is a very powerful factor in golf is being mentally ready.”

That psychological preparation has by no means been examined greater than it has this 12 months. Golf, like many different sports activities all over the world, has endured a truncated season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The game returned in June following a three-month hiatus and followers are nonetheless not permitted to attend occasions. It will definitely be a detriment to Johnson on the upcoming US Open, the event he clinched again in 2016 for his solely main up to now and someplace he may often depend on residence help.

“It is positively been a difficult 12 months, a difficult 12 months for everybody, not only for us,” Johnson stated. “However we [golf] did an excellent job with what we have accomplished and we have been in a position to come again and play and do it safely.

“It has been very fascinating not enjoying in entrance of all of the followers, that is been one thing you’ve got needed to get used to as a result of clearly I’ve performed in entrance of followers my entire profession.

“However I am unable to wait till they’ll come again as a result of it is one thing that I take pleasure in doing, I just like the followers being right here and I am actually wanting ahead to them coming again hopefully subsequent 12 months.”

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