The FedExCup Playoffs continue this week with the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings advancing to the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields outside Chicago before the top 30 return to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for the TOUR Championship, on September 4-7.

“I knew I was playing well and I knew the guys were going to shoot low,” Johnson said. “I was trying to get to 30 under. … I’ve never shot 30 under in four rounds. Just something that I wanted to do.”

Johnson’s win yesterday at The Northern Trust was his second of the season and fifth victory in a FedExCup Playoffs event, tying him for the most all-time with Rory McIlroy. Johnson won by an eleven shot margin, the widest since 2008. His last 54 holes, Johnson shot 26 under par. Johnson is still in search of his first FedExCup title. In 10 previous appearances at East Lake Golf Club (qualified but did not play in 2014), Johnson owns four top-10s, including a solo third in 2018.

“For me, [the FedExCup] is something I haven’t won. It’s something I’ve been close to winning a few times, and it’s just something that I would really like to have on my resume when I’m done playing golf,” Johnson said. “It’s a big title. It means a lot to all the guys out here. It definitely means a lot to me, and it’s something that I really want to be, a FedExCup champion.”

Johnson’s win meant a lot to his girlfiend, Paulina Gretzky, who was mourning the loss of her aunt this past weekend.

“Rest in Peace my beautiful aunt Cindy,” the 31-year-old posted to Gretzky’s Instagram story Sunday. “I know we have an angel watching over us & cheering on dustin today.. i miss you already.”

Tiger Woods will need a high finish at the BMW Championship to make his return to the TOUR Championship for the first time since 2018. Woods finished tied for 58th after making the cut on the number but closed with his low round of the week with a 5-under 66 on Sunday. The finish dropped Woods from No. 49 to No. 57 in the FedExCup standings.

 

 

Dustin Johnson holds the trophy after winning the Northern Trust golf tournament at TPC Boston, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Norton, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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