Johnson Celebrates 36th Birthday With A 21st Tour Success At Travelers.

Former World No. 1 Dustin Johnson celebrated his 36th birthday with a 21st Tour success thanks to a 19-under par victory total at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Johnson headed into the final round sharing second place at 16-under par and two from the lead on the TPC River Highlands course.

Overnight third round leader, Brendon Todd stalled with nine outward pars and opening the door for Johnson to capitalise with three outward birdies, including birdies at eight and nine, and just the one bogey to make the turn leading by two shots at 19-under par.

‘DJ’ then went three clear of his rivals with a birdie on 10 ahead of a second bogey in his round at the 13th but regained the shot in sinking a 16-footer for birdie at the par-4 14th hole and moving to 20-under par though the former U.S. Open champ dropped back to 19-under par when he found a greenside bunker at the par-3 17th and now back to 19-under par.

Todd, and playing alongside Johnson, had fallen outside the top-10 in posting a horror triple-bogey ‘7’ at the 12th hole and dropped to four-over for his round with a further dropped shot at the 14th.

While Todd was slipping down the board it was Kevin Streelman taking it to Johnson in picking-up three shots through 13 holes and then move to 18-under par and two adrift of ‘DJ’.

The 41-year old Streelman captured a second Tour title in winning the 2004 Travelers Championship and with the current World No. 95 looking to end a long six-year victory drought.

To add further drama to the final few holes officials sounded a ‘bad weather’ warning siren that halted play for a short time with Johnson staring at 32-foot birdie putt at the par-4 at 17 while Streelman was on the 18th green and facing a 36-foot for birdie.

Johnson returned to par the 17th while Streelman also two-putted 18 for a par in a round of 67 and finish on 18-par while Johnson also pared the 72nd to claim a one-shot success at 19-under for his first taste of success since capturing the February 2019 WGC – Mexico Championship.

“Yeah, it’s very exciting to get my 21st win and then get my first win of the season,” said Johnson.

“It was big because I hadn’t played very well. But I put in a lot of good work the last couple weeks after Colonial, and
so it’s nice to see the game just start coming around.

“Yeah, it was definitely strange playing with no fans, but you still can feel the pressure, you still can feel how important a golf tournament it is, and you’re coming down the stretch, to me it felt the same, whether it was
a million fans or zero.

“You know, but it was strange not seeing a whole bunch of people around the 18th green.”

Dustin Johnson (following Travelers Championship)

Player

Dustin Johnson

Age

36 (6/22/1984)

FedExCup

22

Starts/Travelers

4

Wins/Travelers

1

Top-10s/Travelers

1

PGA TOUR starts

267

PGA TOUR wins

21

Starts in 2019-20

7

Top-10s 2019-20

3

 

  • Followed his lowest opening 54-hole total (194) on the PGA TOUR with a 3-under 67 to claim his 21st title in his 267th start six days removed from his 36th birthday
  • With the win, moves to No. 22 in the FedExCup standings; has advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship 10 of the last 11 seasons (2014)
  • His T79 after round one marks the lowest first-round position by a winner of the Travelers Championship since 1983
  • Of 19 stroke-play events won before this week, had never been lower than T28 after the first round
  • With the win, extends his streak of winning at least one PGA TOUR event to 13 consecutive seasons
  • Victory comes in his fourth appearance at the Travelers Championship; 2020/1st, 2014/T31, 2009/WD, 2008/T34
  • Win marks his third top-10 finish in seven starts this season (T7/Sentry Tournament of Champions, T10/The Genesis Invitational) and 99th of his TOUR career
  • Since the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, followed a pair of 71s at the Charles Schwab Challenge (MC) with eight consecutive rounds in the 60s. Finished T17 at the 2020 RBC Heritage

 



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