Speith and DJ Battle it Out at The Northern Trust
The first tournament of 2017’s playoffs came to an exciting end as the world’s best battled it out at the Northern Trust on Sunday afternoon.
Not often are world #1 and #3 paired up in the final group on Sunday but Speith and DJ made the rare event worth our while. Standing on the first tee, Speith had a three shot advantage over Johnson but a double bogey on 6 and bogey on 9, the pair were tied at 11 under on the 11th.
Some clutch playing for both guys down the stretch led to DJ rolling in a par on the 18th hole and tie Speith to force a playoff hole.
The dogleg-18 at Glen Oaks wraps around a pond on the left which invites long-ballers to take an aggressive line for a 315 yard fly to 100 yards in. DJ, fitting that description, bombs his ball to inside 100 yards while Speith strikes a great ball to the corner leaving him a 7 iron in. Speith misses the green while DJ punches a 60 degree wedge to 4 feet and the win.
“It’s a tough shot to that flag to get a 7-iron close. I mean, Jordan hit a pretty good shot. It just chased through the green,” said Johnson, who closed with a 66. “I was coming in with a 60 [degree wedge], so the odds went to my favor for sure.”
It was Johnson’s 4th win this season securing his #1 spot in the FedEx Standings.