Dustin Johnson, who finished at 23 under par, continued his impressive season with a win at the 2016 BMW Championship on Sunday, his third victory in the past eight tournaments.
His three-stroke win moved him into first place in the projected FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship in two weeks.
"I've got a lot of confidence in every part of my game," Johnson said after the win, per Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press.
Paul Casey, who finished in second place, will move into the top five along with Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Jason Day, all of whom will have a chance to win the FedEx Cup title at the next tournament. Day was forced to withdraw Sunday because of a back injury.
Here is a look at the final standings from Crooked Stick Golf Club:
Johnson will take home the winner's share of $1.53 million from the $8.5 million purse. Here is a breakdown for the top finishers from one of the highest-paying non-majors of the year:
|2016 BMW Championship Payouts|
Johnson succeeded thanks to his work off the tee. Brandel Chamblee of Golf Channel noted his performance on the front nine:
A golfer has an advantage when he can cut the corner like Johnson did here, via the PGA Tour:
Meanwhile, he complemented his game with outstanding putting throughout the tournament, helping him pace the field with rounds of 67, 63 and 68 heading into Sunday.
"I'm seeing the lines pretty well out here. I've got pretty good speed, and it's going where I'm looking," Johnson said Saturday, per Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports). "I'm making some putts this week."
He was inconsistent Sunday but still succeeded with six birdies and an eagle, helping him post a final-round 67.
Casey also continued his strong finish to the season, earning a second-place finish in Carmel, Indiana, just one week after coming in second at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The 39-year-old had a share of the lead early in the day, but it proved impossible to keep up with Johnson.
Every time Casey made a play, his playing partner seemed to match him. That was especially true on No. 15, as the PGA Tour showed:
Both players were excellent down the stretch Sunday, but one was better.
Roberto Castro, who was 53rd in the FedEx Cup standings entering the week, finished in third place, securing a spot at the Tour Championship. Charl Schwartzel was a big mover as well, claiming the last spot in the top 30 after a final-round 64. He tied for fourth with Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes and Scott.
Fans should keep their eyes on Day after he was unable to complete his final round Sunday. ESPN.com's Jason Sobel provided the latest update on the No. 1 player in the world:
The FedEx Cup remains the biggest storyline for all players as they try to bring home the top prize of $10 million. The top five in the standings, Johnson, Reed, Scott, Day and Casey, will be able to secure the FedEx Cup title with a win at the Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, who are in sixth and seventh, respectively, will also have a chance to earn the title, although they will need some help.
Only 30 men will compete at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, but the high stakes will make it one of the biggest events of the entire season.
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