Dustin Johnson fired a three-under-par 67 to say a one-shot victory on the Vacationers Championship and hold his match win-streak alive on Sunday. Former world primary Johnson bagged his first match win since February 2019 after a closing three-under-par 67 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Johnson, who began the day two photographs adrift of third spherical chief Brendon Todd after a superb 61 on Saturday, held his nerve after a late wobble following a climate delay. The victory means Johnson has now gained at the very least one match in every of the 13 seasons he has been on the PGA Tour, a feat matched solely by an elite group of gamers that features Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.
“Clearly it is an important streak and any time your talked about with these names it is good,” mentioned Johnson, who completed on 19 below, one away from Kevin Streelman.
“I am happy with myself for persevering with the streak, and I wish to hold it going, however it was a very long time between wins – hopefully it will not be as lengthy till the following one.
Though the match was performed with out spectators due to the coronavirus, Johnson admitted he had been nervous after a climate delay with three holes remaining.
“Regardless that there is not any followers, you continue to really feel the stress,” Johnson mentioned.
“The climate delay did not assist very a lot as a result of I had time to start out pondering…however I discovered a solution to get it finished.”
The 36-year-old laid the foundations for victory with a run of three straight birdies both aspect of the flip to take sole possession of the lead as associate Todd struggled to make any birdies over the entrance 9.
After a bogey on the seventh which noticed him relinquish a share of the lead, Johnson bounced again with a curling 27-foot birdie putt on the eighth to get again to 18 below.
He took the lead on the ninth after drilling a 126-yard second shot to inside 5 ft of the pin earlier than rolling within the easiest of birdie putts.
Johnson then pressed house his benefit on the 10th, stroking in one other lengthy birdie putt to go two photographs clear.
Johnson appeared to have taken an unassailable grip on the lead when Todd, who opened with 11 consecutive pars, then triple-bogeyed the 12th to fall out of competition.
However Johnson’s serene progress got here unstuck on the par-five 13th, when his drive off the tee drifted out of bounds down the left aspect of the green.
He restricted the injury by digging out a bogey after which hit again on the 14th together with his sixth birdie of the day, draining a 16ft putt to take a two-shot lead.
Johnson was compelled to scramble once more on the par-four 15th when his tee-shot flew down the left and solely narrowly prevented the pond guarding the inexperienced.
Johnson was compelled to roll his trousers up and wade into the water for his second shot. He chipped from the tough and missed the inexperienced however was in a position to get up-and-down for par.
By now the most important menace to Johnson’s probabilities of victory got here from Streelman, taking part in within the group forward.
Streelman’s hopes of snatching victory nonetheless vanished as he was unable to choose up any birdies over the closing 5 holes, reeling off 5 straight pars to complete with a 67, for an 18-under-par 262.
A one-hour climate interruption as a storm approached halted play with three pairings left on the course, and when play resumed Johnson bogeyed the 16th to trim his result in one shot.
However Streelman missed lengthy birdie possibilities on 17 and 18, and after Johnson safely parred the 17th, he made par on the 18th to seal the win.
Will Gordon and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes shared third on 17 below whereas Kevin Na was a shot again after a closing 67.
Third spherical chief Todd in the meantime completed tied on 13 below with eight different gamers, together with world primary Rory McIlroy, after a five-over-par 75.
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