Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy (AFP Picture)
NEW YORK: A pair of bogeys on the again 9 and a rain delay weren’t sufficient to derail Dustin Johnson, who shot 19 underneath par to win the Vacationers Championship by one stroke in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Sunday.
The 2016 U.S. Open champion fended off fellow American Kevin Streelman after capturing a career-low 61 the day prior, claiming his 21st PGA title to mark his 13th consecutive season with no less than one victory.
“I’m undoubtedly happy with myself for persevering with the streak… it was a very long time between wins although – hopefully it received’t be that lengthy for the subsequent one,” Johnson mentioned in a televised interview.
He narrowly prevented catastrophe on 15, when he was pressured to take away his sneakers and stand in a pond to hit his ball, which landed within the damp turf subsequent to the water. He made par, solely to bogey on the subsequent gap, after rain pressured a short delay on the fanless match.
“Although there’s no followers right here, you’ll be able to nonetheless really feel the strain,” mentioned the 36-year-old American. “The rain delay didn’t assist very a lot as a result of then I really had time to consider all the things.”
American Will Gordon rocketed 9 spots up the leaderboard to complete tied for third with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.
Johnson, who completed second at each the Masters and the PGA Championship in 2019, didn’t make the minimize earlier this month on the Charles Schwab Problem when the tour resumed after the COVID-19 pressured a three-month suspension of play.
American Brendon Todd, who had been within the lead after a profession low nine-under 61 within the third spherical, self-destructed on 12 with a triple bogey and didn’t get well, ending the match tied for 11th.