Travelers Championship 2020: Dustin Johnson Holds Off Kevin Streelman for Win

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2020

CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT - JUNE 28: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 28, 2020 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dustin Johnson collected his 21st career PGA Tour title Sunday in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Johnson went three under in the fourth round to finish at 19 under, one shot better than Kevin Streelman. Will Gordon and Mackenzie Hughes tied for third at 17 under.

Johnson now sits tied for 30th in the PGA's all-time wins list, putting him alongside Davis Love III, Willie MacFarlane, Lanny Wadkins and Craig Wood.


Travelers Championship Leaderboard

1. Dustin Johnson (-19)

2. Kevin Streelman (-18)

T3. Will Gordon (-17)

T3. Mackenzie Hughes (-17)

5. Kevin Na (-16)

T6. Ryan Armour (-15)

T6. Brendan Steele (-15)

T6. Patton Kizzire (-15)

T6. Scott Stallings (-15)

T6. Bryson DeChambeau (-15)

Full leaderboard is available on PGATour.com


Last week's RBC Heritage turned into a shootout, with 20 golfers scoring 15 under or better for the tournament.

Sunday's final round was promising to be similarly dramatic given how some of the early competitors finished. Doc Redman and Lucas Glover carded a seven-under 63, while Gordon, Patrick Reed, Russell Henley, Ryan Armour and Rafa Cabrera Bello were all at six under.

Rather than watching the leaders surge past them, though, Gordon was comfortable in the clubhouse as his overall score (17 under) left him in contention throughout the day.

Johnson did his best to keep things interesting with a pair of errant drives on the back nine.

He sliced his tee shot out of bounds on No. 13 and incurred a one-shot penalty. A bogey was a nice recovery but still allowed for Streelman to close the gap in second place.

Jonathan Coachman @TheCoachrules

Holy smokes. Dustin Johnson goes out of bounds on 13 after taking a 3 shot lead on 12. Looks like weather is going to cause a delay. But for the 3 straight week looks like could be a fantastic finish. @PGATOUR @PGA @FTMoney_Pod

Then his tee shot on No. 15 landed on the bank of the water hazard to the left of the green. Lining up his approach required a small moderation to his outfit.

CBS Sports HQ @CBSSportsHQ

Dustin Johnson with two feet in the water @TravelersChamp! https://t.co/G2BEvZEMSc


It's called fashion...look it up 😂 https://t.co/YSs2czeRCy

Johnson needed three shots to reach the green but made a par save to stay at 20 under.

Inclement weather forced tournament officials to temporarily halt play for an hour.

When Johnson returned, he bogeyed No. 16 to slip to 19 under again and leave the door open for Streelman. Streelman's par on No. 18 meant Johnson remained in a position of strength as he approached the 18th tee.

Streelman could only watch on the monitor as Johnson's drive traveled 351 yards and came to a rest on the left side of the fairway.


351 yards! The longest drive on 18 today at the perfect time. @DJohnsonPGA leads by 1 with 1 to play. #QuickHits https://t.co/GOdWRAShIp

Johnson couldn't sink his birdie putt but earned a par to secure the championship.

Brendon Todd caught fire in the third round and shot nine under after performing well through the first two days. His luck ran out Sunday, though.

Todd, who was the leader after 54 holes, opened with 11 straight pars before unraveling on No. 12. His second shot narrowly avoided the bunker and landed to the right of the green. He badly shanked his third shot as it sailed past the hole and into the rough. Things didn't get any better from there as he settled for a triple bogey.


Golf is hard. Winning is really hard. Triple bogey for Brendon Todd. The overnight leader now trails by 5 shots. https://t.co/gLm3nhpNOR

A bogey on No. 14 knocked Todd back to 14 under and ended his quest for a third PGA Tour victory.

Gordon may not have won, but he has plenty to celebrate.

The 23-year-old competed in the Travelers Championship thanks to a sponsor's exemption, and his continued participation in PGA Tour events was far from a given going forward. By finishing third, his immediate future is a little more assured.

No Laying Up @NoLayingUp

Reminder there's no alternative to qualify for the PGA tour for next year. No KFT Finals, no new cards being issued. Just go out and earn as many points in 7 sponsor's exemptions as the guy that finished 125 on last year's list (adjusted for the canceled events). So difficult.

A pair of incredible putts to close out the tournament meant Hughes earned a share of third with Gordon.


17th hole: 4️⃣8️⃣ feet 18th hole: 4️⃣4️⃣ feet An unbelievable finish for @MacHughesGolf. 😳 https://t.co/nLudHesNXV

Detroit Golf Club is the PGA Tour's next stop for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Gordon had already accepted a sponsor's invite to the tournament, but thanks to his performance in Connecticut, he won't need it to book a trip to the Motor City.