Dustin Johnson fired a sub-67 to claim a one-shot win in the Travelers Championship and maintain his championship winning streak on Sunday. The former world number one Johnson claimed his first championship win since February 2019 after closing three under-67s at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Johnson, who started the day two throws away from third-round leader Brendon Todd after an impressive 61 on Saturday, kept his nerve after a late wobble after weather delays. The victory means Johnson has now won at least one championship in each of his thirteen seasons PGA Tour, an achievement unmatched only by elite players including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.
“Obviously it’s a great streak and any time he comes up with those names it’s a good thing,” said Johnson, who finished 19th below zero, ahead of Kevin Strelman.
“I’m proud of myself for staying in the streak, and I want to keep that up, but there was a long time between wins – I hope it won’t be long until the next one.
Although the tournament was held without an audience due to the coronavirus, Johnson admitted he was nervous after the weather delayed with three slots remaining.
“Despite having no fans, I still feel pressure,” Johnson said.
“The weather delay didn’t help much because I had time to start thinking…but I figured out a way to get it done.”
The 36-year-old laid the foundations for a winning streak of three birds in a row on either side of the turn to take the lead as partner Todd struggled to make any birds above the lead nine.
After a bogey in the seventh had him give up a share of the lead, Johnson bounced back by hitting a 27-foot curler for eighth to move back to the under-18.
He took the lead in ninth after digging a second shot from 126 yards to five feet from the pin before rolling in the simplest of a birdie’s shot.
Johnson then pressed home for 10th, hitting another longbird for two clear throws.
Johnson looked like he dominated the lead when Todd, who opened with 11 mare in a row, opened three times on Day 12 to knock him out of the competition.
But Johnson’s quiet lead did not waver in 13th, when his drive off a tee drifted off-limits down the left side of the fairway.
He limited damage with a bogey pit and then hit again on the 14th with his sixth bird of the day, draining a 16-foot pitch to take two shots.
Johnson was forced to scramble again in 15th when his shot flew to the left and narrowly avoided the puddle guarding the green.
Johnson was forced to roll up his pants and get into the water to fire his second shot. He broke from the rough and missed the green but was able to go up and down on equal terms.
Right now, the biggest threat to Johnson’s chances of winning came from Streelman, as he plays in the group waiting for him.
However, Streelman’s hopes of snatching victory dashed as he was unable to catch any birdies over the five closed holes, as he rolled five pars in a row to finish with a score of 67, versus 18 below 262.
The weather halted for an hour as a storm approached play with three pairs left on the track, and when he resumed play Johnson missed 16th to cut his lead by one stroke.
But Streelman missed Bird’s long chances at 17 and 18, and after Johnson made a safe save for 17th, he tied at 18 to take the win.
Will Gordon and Canadian MacKenzie Hughes shared third with 17 under while Kevin Na had a shot after closing in on 67.
Meanwhile, third-round leader Todd ended a tie in 13th with eight other players, including world number one Rory McIlroy, after five over 75.
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