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"To have seven birdies and be bogey-free in the final round was really solid".
The 25-year-old cut short his pre-tournament round Wednesday after experiencing soreness in his hip, but said it will not stop him from competing in the first of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The CP Women's Open was being played at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. "He won it", Spieth said. The world's best golfers often say they want their games to peak four times per year, but Johnson's performances have run counter to that strategy, instead peaking before the majors and, apparently, after them.
Spieth, who had earned a reputation as a closer having converted nine of his previous 10 54-hole leads into victories, appeared on the verge of a runaway win after making two birdies in the first five holes to jump five clear of Johnson. After two early birdies, Spieth found himself five shots ahead on the front nine.
The win was the 16th of Johnson's career, but the first in five months for the golfer who looked unstoppable at the beginning of the season. "I'm feeling really good", Johnson said as he focuses on winning the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
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"I feel about as good as I did before Augusta", said Johnson after his win at Glen Oaks Club on Long Island.
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth might be Player of the Year frontrunners, but another holds the title of No. 1 in the world. He now maintains a 595-point edge over Spieth, with Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm rounding out the top five.
Johnson won this one by playing his own inimitable brand of golf, yes, but he also won - for one hole, at least - by taking a page out of Spieth's book.
Starting the day three behind Spieth, it was a struggle for Johnson over the opening half as he amassed eight straight pars. The last time Simpson posted top-10 results in consecutive starts was in 2013-14 when he had four-in-a-row (2013 TOUR Championship/4th, 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/1, 2013 The RSM Classic/T7, 2014 Sentry Tournament of Champions/T3). He had little option but to lay up, but still escaped with the par that took the tournament into extra holes.
Jason Day was the highest finisher of the five Australians in the field after coming home with a wet sail on the weekend, with his rounds of 68 and 67 elevating him into a tie for 6.
As the FedEx Cup Playoffs kicked off this week at the Northern Trust Open, some of golf's biggest names took to the course at Glen Oaks Club in NY.