Spieth grabs three-shot lead at Northern Trust

But the Dustinator refused to give in and holed a dramatic curling putt on the 18th for a round of 66 to force the playoff.

He slipped near the bottom and crashed so hard on his lower back that it left a deep bruise, and the pain didn't entirely subside until last week. "This week I did that - I finally got back". "I'm much more mentally sharp right now than I have been all year, which is great, even though I am making silly errors".

"I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was before the Masters", Johnson said.

The win was his fourth of the season and 16th of his career, and he's completely healed from the back injury he suffered on the eve of the Masters.

Geoff Ogilvy's tie for 40th was the next best of the Australians who made the weekend in NY, but wasnt enough to extend his playoff run, finishing outside the required top 100 on the FedEx Cup standings to earn a place in Boston next week. He finished T3 at THE NORTHERN TRUST to move from No. 6 to No. 5 in the standings.

Johnson sank a three-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to edge out Spieth after a compelling head-to-head final-round duel between the two Americans at the Glen Oaks Club.


The Player of the Year award might seem meaningless, but for a player like Justin Thomas who has been trying to get his dues only to be overshadowed by Spieth, it might mean a little more than you think.

Spieth began with a three-shot lead. He extended his lead to five after five holes, but that's when things turned. It happened on the par-3 sixth hole and led to a double bogey.

Suri then struck the decisive blow with a birdie from 20 feet on the 15th and victory was assured when Horsey lost a ball following a wild drive on the 18th and found a water hazard with his second attempt. It was a bitterly disappointing end to the week for Horsey, who had fought back brilliantly after a poor start to his round. He said after the event that he can cover a 300 carry with consistency, and due to the shape of the hole, that meant Johnson was left swinging a 60-degree wedge while Spieth was forced to line up his six-iron.

It was great theater, even before a crowd not almost as large as other courses used in the rotation, and it lasted all the way until the end. The same goes for Hideki Matsuyama, who had some close calls in the majors, but hasn't gotten the job done yet.

Vegas shot a five-under 65 to vault into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. Watson says he won't play the rest of the year once he is eliminated.

The 10-time PGA TOUR victor and former THE PLAYERS champion was left to lament a few stretches of bad holes at THE NORTHERN TRUST, particularly a front-nine 40 on Friday.


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