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Dustin Johnson wins the Northern Trust in dramatic fashion

The first look at the Sunday pin on 18 pic.twitter.com/KeAf8YnbXf — THE NORTHERN TRUST (@TheNTGolf) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Yikes! That pin placement is the stuff of absolute nightmares. Once I saw that, I knew that scores might be low, but we weren't going to see any record breakers today. When the final group was announced last night, everyone knew DJ and Spieth was going to duke it out for the title. Spieth got out to a commanding lead, but then came right back to earth with this shot:
A double bogey on No. 6 drops Jordan Spieth back to -12. He's still three ahead of Dustin Johnson. pic.twitter.com/rCuHACeCfV — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Suddenly, everyone was back in it. The two went down the stretch, with the guys going back and fourth with the lead. But on 17, both were able to make huge pars to have it tied going into 18.
A couple gutsy pars on No. 17. We head to the 18th with Spieth, DJ still tied. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/MbqYLcxpPC — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js On 18, DJ had a pretty poor tee shot, having to lay up out of the rough and knock it 15 feet away for a par putt. Spieth, meanwhile, hit a terrible second shot that left him about 60 feet for birdie. He knocked it close, and with DJs putting skills, it seemed like Jordan would close it out with a par to win. But the bomber traded in a bombed drive for an absolute beauty of a putt!
CLUTCH!#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/plHu7mdPe0 — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Spieth knocked in his par, and we headed back to the 18th for a playoff. Jordan hit his drive fairly well down the middle, but then DJ decided to go all out and hit this.
Does anyone other than @DJohnsonPGA even consider this line off the 18th tee? #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/pgHJS1dFWV — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js OH MY GOD what a tee shot! Spieth would knock it about 29 feet away, while DJ absolutely stuck his 2nd shot. After a missed Spieth putt, DJ was able to end it with this putt.
.@DJohnsonPGA wins @TheNTGolf. And the #FedExCup Playoffs are off to a thrilling start. pic.twitter.com/pNyo9G2E0I — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Overall, a great win for DJ. He hadn't won on tour since early in the year, and it brought a great feel to the playoffs. Spieth got to 2nd in the FedEx Cup points, while John Rahm's 3rd place finish also shot him up in the standings. Overall, a great event to start the playoffs, here's hoping when the boys ship up to Boston this week they bring the same intensity!
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