By Keith Jackson
Last update: 29.06.20 00:02 h
Dustin Johnson produced some outstanding putts and enjoyed some moments of luck when he celebrated his first win in the Travelers Championship in over 16 months.
Johnson’s final round 67 was just enough to stop Kevin Streelman in the TPC River Highlands, where Brendon Todd parried the first 11 holes overnight before his challenge with a Triple-Bogey 7 derailed an expensive 12th hole.
Todd, two clear after 54 holes, suddenly found two behind him when Johnson made his fifth birdie on a high quality 7-hole course on the 10th, and his problems started when he approached the 12th from the middle of the fairway showed up briefly and correctly.
His ball was buried deep in the bank of a bunker, Todd pushed off the field and then came up short with an ambitious flop shot before a putt on the slope lacked the pace to reach the putting surface.
Todd’s hopes of becoming the first player to win three times on the PGA Tour this season were finally over after the resulting triple bogey, although Johnson made a big mistake the next time he got his drive out of hand ran.
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The former number 1 in the world was good at playing a 7-foot putt to limit the damage to a Bogey-Six, but he immediately bounced back with another perfect 15-foot putt for Birdie at 14, where Todd dropped another shot to drop the top 10.
Johnson then appeared to be sure to throw at least one shot at par-4-15 when a further tugged tee was headed for the water hazard just so that his ball could throw, dig, and hold onto the grassy bank next to the lake .
He threw himself on the front of the green while in danger and putted two pares safely, but then went back to the clubhouse, with the rest of the field still on course after the klaxons sounded to avoid the risk of lightning alert the area.
However, the interruption in the game only lasted an hour. Johnson then promptly threw a seven-iron into the sand on the short 16th, played a bad bunker escape and the resulting bogey meant that his lead had been reduced to one shot by Streelman. who had completed 17 holes in three under par and without bogey on his card.
However, the 2014 champion was unable to make the last mistake when he decided with a 67 under and the clubhouse lead with 17 under. Johnson needed only one par to win for the first time since the WGC Mexico Championship last February.
Resisting the urge to play cautiously, he hammered his last 350-meter ride down the fairway, flicked a wedge into the heart of the green, and putted twice to get the winning par and a one-shot win.