Sunday certainly lived up to the hype at The Northern Trust.
Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth put on a show for the fans in Long Island, N.Y., with Johnson eventually winning on the first playoff hole
Here’s how the round unfolded:
Spieth came into Sunday with a three-shot lead over Johnson and opened with two routine pars to maintain his advantage. The world No. 3 then birdied the par-5 third hole and brushed home a 28-foot putt for another birdie at the fifth to lead by five.
The turning point of the tournament came one hole after Spieth’s birdie at No. 5, when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth found the water, leading to a double-bogey. After both players parred holes 7 and 8, another two-shot swing came at the par-4 ninth where Spieth bogeyed and Johnson holed his first birdie of the day. Spieth’s lead was soon gone, thanks to stress-free birdie at the par-4 10th by the world No. 1.
With both players sitting at 11-under par, the final stretch turned into a match-play showdown. Spieth struck first at the par-4 14th, holing an 8-foot birdie putt to regain the lead. Johnson didn’t roll over, however, and punched back at the par-3 15th with birdie of his own to square the match. With both sitting at 13-under on the 72nd hole, Spieth appeared to have the upper hand as Johnson needed to sink a 17-foot par putt just to force a playoff – which he did.
The comeback was all but complete when Johnson unloaded a 341-yard bomb off the tee on the first hole of the playoff.
He would take advantage of the drive, wedging his second shot to a couple of feet and tapping in for his fourth win of the 2017 season.
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