Johnson closing in on FedEx Cup victory after extending Tour Champion lead
© Getty Images FedEx Cup leader Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson moved an action better to claiming the FedEx Cup title after extending his Tour Championship result in 5 strokes.
World top Johnson carded a six-under-par 64 in the third round to seize control at the FedEx Cup play-off finale on Sunday.
FedEx Cup leader and Northern Trust winner Johnson, who is yet to declare the PGA Trip’s championship trophy, started his penultimate round with a one-shot lead.
By the end of the day, Johnson – a runner-up in two of his last three starts – surged clear thanks to seven birdies and just one bogey at East Lake.
After a flawless front nine featuring three birdies, American star Johnson gained a more 4 strokes following the turn, including the last to be 19 under through 54 holes, while bogeying the 11th.
Johnson’s nearest competitors are in 2015’s Tour Championship runner-up and 2017 winner Xander Schauffele, and 2017 FedEx Cup champ Justin Thomas.
Schauffele published a third-round 67, while fellow American Thomas had an eagle, 5 birdies and 3 bogeys for a four-under-par 66.
World second and BMW Champion winner Jon Rahm – 2nd to Johnson in the FedEx Cup race – is outright fourth after shooting a 66 to be 13 under, while Collin Morikawa is a stroke even more back.
Daniel Berger (64) and Im Sung-jae (72) are tied for 6th, ahead of Scottie Scheffler (66 ).
Ruling FedEx Cup champ and Trip Champion holder Rory McIlroy is 11 shots off the rate heading into the last round.
McIlroy, who recently ended up being a dad, lost more ground following his 2nd successive round in the 70s – an even-par 70, that included 3 bogeys and as numerous birdies.
Find out more