Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, on the last day of The Northern
Dustin Johnson swept the entire gaming table from the PGA Tour to claim The Northern Trust title, No. 1 in the FedEx Cup and No. 1 in the world. He dominated all possible statistics and scored eleven hits to second, Harris English, a record in regular PGA Tour tournaments. He lacked reaching the 31-strokes-under mark, set by Ernie Els at Kapalua in 2003. Johnson stopped at 30. To one of the target. Like Friday and the 60 most frustrating in memory.
Johnson’s dominance (63 hits Sunday), a golfer who has been winning on the PGA Tour for thirteen seasons and who has already added two titles after confinement – the Travelers and the Boston tournament – brings the South Carolina golfer to the fore. Lifted the twenty-second title on the PGA Tour. He’s only two from a myth like Gary Player. Since 2008 he has won one more tournament than Tiger Woods. A fact that places it in another sphere.
Johnson, another eagle -the fifth- and six birdies, was crowned on a day when the storm again prolonged the session. The electric charge interrupted the outcome for 75 minutes when the main game was on the 17th hole. They managed to finish the race. In the absence of emotion, it was worth anything to finish. He was already hooting and darkness was taking over TPC Boston.
Jon Rahm (65 hits), meanwhile, fight bravely for defending number 1. Ahab sixth. He had another wonderful start with a birdie from 14 meters, an eagle hit after a hit on hole 2 (par 5) and another hit. Four under par on three holes. And 31 in the top nine climbing the rankings to peek into the top 5.
The second round also started with a success, but a bogey at 12 stopped him. The birdie at 17, another 8-meter putt, redrew him a minimal option to retain the number 1. He needed an eagle at par 5. He went for it and almost made it. It was a short stick. “Three meters more and I would have shot for 3,” Rahm continued. With the ball with some mud, I just signed the pair. “The good thing is that I have played a little better every day,” he acknowledged, while regretting not having had more order with his irons. Keep them closer to make your birdie chances more real.
However, this year, the most moved in the world rankings in its history – five players have had the number 1 in 2020 -, the Barrika golfer will again this week at the BMW of Chicago have another chance to recover it. And Olympia Fields is a field that suits him and he likes.