The Play by Play
Dustin Johnson is cool under pressure! Despite falling five shots behind Jordan Spieth after five holes Sunday in the Northern Trust, Johnson never panicked.
The seemingly insurmountable deficit was wiped clean in five holes, with Johnson making two birdies and Spieth finding water on the sixth hole for a double-bogey. Spieth, then making another bogey on the ninth. From the 11th on, Johnson out-dueled Spieth and won the opener of the FedExCup Playoffs with two great performances on the final hole.
On the 72nd hole, Johnson, facing a make-or-break situation, buried an 18-footer for par to force a playoff, and then claimed the hardware on the first extra hole, when he unleashed the longest drive on the 18th all week — a 341-yarder that easily cleared the lake — and then struck a 60-degree wedge to 3 feet and made the putt to win.
The win left Johnson with the lead in the FedExCup Playoffs. And it boosted his confidence after a long battle with a bad back. “It’s been a tough road to get back to where I can compete again,” he said.
Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists congratulates Dustin Johnson for his victory, persistence and dedication in overcoming his back injury. We know that golf is very important to many people suffering from Sciatica and back associated leg pain. It is our goal to successfully treat our patients and get them back on the course and enjoying their golf game!