Dustin Johnson edges past Jordan Spieth in play-off at Northern Trust
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 28/08/17 1:02am
Dustin Johnson edged through an epic final-round tussle with Jordan Spieth to snatch a dramatic play-off victory at The Northern Trust.
Spieth let a five-shot lead slip away during a classic contest at Glen Oaks Club, with Johnson holing a lengthy par-save at the last to close a four-under 66 and join the Open Champion on 13 under.
The world No 1 nailed his drive at the first extra play-off hole, before flicking a wedge to less than four feet and rolling in the birdie putt to secure his fourth victory of 2017.
Jon Rahm birdied the 18th to join Jhonattan Vegas in a share of third spot, while last year's FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy stuttered to a two-over 72 to end tied-34th.
Taking a three-shot lead into the final round, Spieth extended his overnight advantage to five strokes with a two-putt birdie at the third and a 35-foot gain at the fifth.
Johnson failed to make the most of his early birdie opportunities but found himself back three off the pace when Spieth found water off the sixth tee and double-bogeyed.
The world No 1 then rolled in from seven feet to birdie the ninth, as Spieth missed from five feet to reach the turn with his lead down to one.
A 10-foot birdie at the tenth from Johnson pulled the contest all-square, with Rahm firing a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th to briefly get within one of the final group.
As Spieth and Johnson exchanged birdies at the 13th, Rahm saw his challenge ended when a bogey at the 15th dropped him back alongside Jhonattan Vegas at nine under.
The Open champion edged back ahead with an eight-foot gain at the 14th, only for Johnson to immediately bounce back and hole a 15-footer at the par-three next.
Spieth squandered a six-foot birdie opportunity at the 16th but got up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the next to make a 20-foot par-save, keeping the pair tied heading to the last.
Johnson found rough off the final tee but layed up and drained a 15-footer for par, as Spieth two-putted from distance to close a one-under 69 and take the contest to extra holes.
A bogey-free 65 from Vegas set the early clubhouse target at nine under, matched by Jon Rahm after the Spaniard's 68, with Paul Casey claiming outright fifth despite a one-over 71.
PGA Champion Justin Thomas posted a one-under 69 to end the week tied-sixth alongside Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Webb Simpson, with Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen in the group a further stroke back.