From the fairway, Johnson builds 5-shot lead at East Lake
ATLANTA (AP)– Dustin Johnson started with the lead, matched the low round Sunday at the Trip Championship with a 6-under 64 and now is one round far from catching the FedEx Cup and its $15 million reward.
Johnson missed out on just 3 fairways and putted for birdie on all however 3 holes. It led to a five-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele entering into the Labor Day finish at East Lake.
” He’s showcased what he can do,” Schauffele said.” If he does what he generally does, it’s going to be almost difficult to capture him.”.
No one was playing much better entering into the FedEx Cup finale and Johnson has shown no signs of slowing. He was at 19-under par, his fourth successive occasion holding a minimum of a share of the 54-hole lead.
He transformed among those into an 11-shot triumph two weeks back at the TPC Boston. He lost to a 65 by Collin Morikawa in the PGA Champion and to a 65-foot putt in a playoff by Jon Rahm last week at Olympia Fields.
Now only 4 players have an affordable chance of capturing him.
Schauffele, a big-game gamer who won the Trip Championship three years back, dropped only one shot on the front 9 and ended up with a 10-foot birdie putt for a 67 that puts him in the final group with Johnson.
Thomas missed a 16-inch par putt on the 10th hole that he careless went ot tap in, bounced back with a 25-foot birdie putt on the most difficult par 3 at East Lake and make two more birdies coming for a 66.
They were at 14 under.
” DJ is clearly playing well. It wasn’t easy today,” Thomas said.” It’s still East Lake. However anything can happen around this course. You can shoot 63 or 64 and you can shoot 73 or 74 really easily. I just need to hope that tomorrow is my 63 or 64.”.
Jon Rahm played bogey-free, however just a pair of birdies at the end made it feel like a much better day with his 66. He was 6 shots behind, while Morikawa rallied with five birdies on the back 9 to restore a rough start for a 67. He was 7 behind.
Daniel Berger likewise had a 64, however he comprised no ground on Johnson was remained 9 behind. Likewise at 10-under was Sungjae Im, who played in the last group with Johnson and must have questioned what hit him. Im shot 72.
The FedEx Cup has actually been on Johnson’s mind since he squandered a fantastic possibility to win it in 2016. He went into the last round that year connected for the lead and then couldn’t find a fairway, closing with a 73. He still had an opportunity to win the FedEx Cup when it was based upon points. Just one gamer could have beaten him that day and it was Rory McIlroy, who holed a shot from the fairway on the 16th for eagle and then won in a three-way playoff.
McIlroy will not be in the mix this year. He had to birdie the par-5 18th for a 70 and was 11 shots behind.