Dustin Johnson wins the Northern Trust in dramatic fashion

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As the opening tournament of the FedEx Cup, the hype train was in full effect. And boy, this tournament did not disappoint! Coming into today, the new prodigy Jordan Spieth held a 3 shot lead over Dustin Johnson and the rest of the field. Usually, when Spieth has the lead entering the final day of a tournament, he doesn’t give it up. With a 3 shot lead, it looked as if this would be a victory loop with Spieth and Michael Greller having a grand old time.

And then the Northern Trust sent out a little teaser of what the day could look like.

Yikes! That pin placement is the stuff of absolute nightmares. Once I saw that, I knew that scores might be low, but we weren’t going to see any record breakers today.

When the final group was announced last night, everyone knew DJ and Spieth was going to duke it out for the title. Spieth got out to a commanding lead, but then came right back to earth with this shot:

Suddenly, everyone was back in it. The two went down the stretch, with the guys going back and fourth with the lead. But on 17, both were able to make huge pars to have it tied going into 18.

On 18, DJ had a pretty poor tee shot, having to lay up out of the rough and knock it 15 feet away for a par putt. Spieth, meanwhile, hit a terrible second shot that left him about 60 feet for birdie. He knocked it close, and with DJs putting skills, it seemed like Jordan would close it out with a par to win. But the bomber traded in a bombed drive for an absolute beauty of a putt!

Spieth knocked in his par, and we headed back to the 18th for a playoff. Jordan hit his drive fairly well down the middle, but then DJ decided to go all out and hit this.

OH MY GOD what a tee shot! Spieth would knock it about 29 feet away, while DJ absolutely stuck his 2nd shot. After a missed Spieth putt, DJ was able to end it with this putt.

Overall, a great win for DJ. He hadn’t won on tour since early in the year, and it brought a great feel to the playoffs. Spieth got to 2nd in the FedEx Cup points, while John Rahm’s 3rd place finish also shot him up in the standings. Overall, a great event to start the playoffs, here’s hoping when the boys ship up to Boston this week they bring the same intensity!

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