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The 19th Hole: DJ wins again

It’s only been about three months since the talk about Dustin Johnson used phrases like “could have” and “can’t finish” and “best never to win a major.”

Photo by: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Now he’s on the verge of being the PGA Tour’s player of the year and potentially $10 million richer after capturing the BMW Championship Sunday. Winning the third event of the FedEx Cup playoffs propels Johnson to the top of the point standings ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship Sept. 22-25.

It’s his third win since mid-June, when he broke through in major championship competition by taking the U.S. Open. And it continues to add to the level of respect that is out there for Johnson’s game.

“The U.S. Open was obviously some really good golf that I played on a very difficult golf course,” Johnson said. “I think this golf course is difficult, I just I think I played really well this week. But my performance this week was definitely up there in the top of this year.”

How good was Johnson last week at Crooked Stick, a course that has hosted a PGA Championship? Only two other players finished within 10 strokes of his 23-under par total. Englishman Paul Casey, who nearly won the week before, was again terrific, coming in at 20-under after never shooting worse than 68. And 36-hole leader Roberto Castro played his way into the Tour Championship by finishing third at -17.

But none had anything for DJ, who put things totally away with an eagle at the 15th hole on Sunday.

Johnson is followed by Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Casey in the top five in the FedEx Cup standings going to the final event and knows he is in a great place.

“I feel like I played really well this year, I control my own destiny going into it, if I win the tournament, I’ll win it all,” Johnson said. “That’s the goal going into it and that’s the only thing I’m going to be focused on and just go out there and play really good golf and see what happens.”


Ryder Cup Picks

rickie-fowler-coverU.S. Captain Davis Love III made the first three of his four captain’s picks Monday, Sept. 12. After much speculation, Love went with Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes. That trio were among the top players in the U.S. Ryder Cup point standings not to get an automatic top eight berth to the squad.

His final pick will be made following the Tour Championship, in fact during halftime of the Sept. 25 edition of Sunday Night Football. The Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.


BMW Picks

The tour takes the week off prior to the playoff finale, so readers get a week off from our terrible run of picks. Here’s how we did at the BMW:mattkuchar

Matt Kuchar – Usually finishing 11 shots behind the winner doesn’t get you a top-five finish. 12-under, tied for 4th.

Louis Oosthuizen – Surprisingly, he will miss the field for the Tour Championship this year. 8-under, tied for 17th.

Ryan Moore – After a good recent run, it wasn’t a good week at all for the American. 6-over, tied for 64th.

Jason Day – Health issues came into play for Day, who withdrew during the final round but still will start the Tour Championship in good shape. WD, no finish.

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