By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06
The TPC Boston course in Norton is pretty long, 7,242 yards to be exact.
Dustin Johnson made it look way shorter.
DJ – who won his 22nd career tournament on Tour – went a ridiculous 30-under par to win the Northern Trust by 11 shots. Harris English (-19) and Daniel Berger (-18) were the next closest competitors.
DJ also came this close to securing the lowest four-day total score in PGA Tour history. Johnson posted 254, coming up just shy of Justin Thomas’ 253 record set three years ago. DJ shattered the TPC Boston record by eight shots as well, making it look far too easy.
“Most under par I’ve ever shot but all in all throughout the whole week for four days, I swung it the same every day,” DJ said. “I felt like I was really in control of the golf ball and I was controlling my distance really well. Hit a lot of really good iron shots. It didn’t matter what club it was, wedges to my 3-iron, I was hitting quality golf shots. I felt I was in control of everything. Over the weekend I drove it nicely and put a bunch of it in the fairway. If I was in the fairway I felt like I could attack the golf course just because I was swinging so well with my irons. It was a really good performance this week. Definitely the best one I’ve ever had.”
DJ’s 60 on Friday was the tone setter, especially after Scottie Scheffler finished off a 59 during the start of DJ’s second round. It was a hell of a week for the long-ball hitter who seemingly could do nothing wrong.
Perhaps the most impressive part of DJ’s win was the waiting out of a rain delay late yesterday. Seconds after teeing off at 17, the horn blew for lightning. DJ had to wait a while before racing against darkness to secure his title.
“I got my form back I think, and hopefully it’s good when it’s the same for all four days,” DJ added. “Obviously I’ve had some tournaments where I’ve played a good couple rounds but not four straight rounds. So that obviously feels really good, and I feel like the putting is starting to come around and I’m starting to roll the putter really nicely. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the golf swing right now, so I’m really looking forward to these next couple weeks.”
TIGER GOES LOW ON SUNDAY, BUT TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Tiger Woods has always been the most-watched player no matter where he goes. Despite having no fans on the course this week, a ton of eyes were still on Woods.
After going three-under and even for the first two days Tiger was pretty much already out of contention. With big hitters like DJ dominating the course, Tiger had a pretty stress-free weekend aside from fighting for Fed-Ex Cup points.
Tiger had a rough Saturday going two-over (73), but his Sunday was impressive. Woods went five-under on the front playing with Rory Mcllroy (-2), ultimately finishing six-under for the week.
“I felt like I hit the ball better. I putted better. Everything was just cleaner and better today,” Woods said after Sunday’s round. “It was good. Just wish I could have kept the round going a little bit more. I had a couple nice little eagle looks on the front nine. It could have been — well, it could have been one of those really low rounds, but I’ll take 5-under.”
WORLD NO. 1 FINISHES TIED FOR SIXTH
Entering the weekend, Jon Rahm was the top ranked golfer in the world. Seemingly in contention every week lately, Rahm finished tied for sixth, going 16-under for the week.
Under normal circumstances, -16 probably gets you into the top-three, but not this week.
“It feels like two different worlds from how I felt that first day on Thursday,” Rahm said Sunday. “Hopefully, I can keep this going. I’ve hit the driver the last few days as well as I, have in a while, really comfortable, the ball is flying and really solid off the tee overall but I need to tidy up the iron game a little bit. I think that’s what let me down this week.”