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Dustin Johnson Clinches $15M 2020 FedEx Cup After Tour Championship Victory

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2020

Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Dustin Johnson came into the Tour Championship with a two-stroke advantage due to his place atop the FedEx Cup standings. So it was only fitting that he would finish the tournament as the winner. 

Johnson shot a two-under 68 on Monday to finish 21 under for the tournament, besting Xander Schauffele (-18), Justin Thomas (-18) and Jon Rahm (-17). He took the two-stroke lead he carried into the tournament and extended it. 

With the FedEx Cup win, Johnson earns a $15 million prize out of a $60 million pool, per Golf Digest. It also continued what has been a very lucrative streak for the star golfer:

Daniel Rapaport @Daniel_Rapaport

Dustin Johnson’s last 4 starts: PGA Championship — T2 Northern Trust —🏆 (by 11) BMW Championship — 2 (In a playoff) Tour Champ (net)/FedEx Cup— 🏆 Scoring average: 66.75 Combined earnings: $18,704,000 Decent little stretch.

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

Dustin Johnson earnings today: $15M Greg Norman PGA Tour career earnings: $14.5M

Talk about a pretty good day at the office.

Johnson didn't have the cleanest performance on Monday. He averaged 312.5 yards on his drives, had a driving accuracy of 42.8 percent, hit 77.8 percent of his greens in regulation and gained just 0.002 strokes putting, per PGATour.com.

After starting out red hot with three birdies in his first six holes, he bogeyed Nos. 7 and 8. But he avoided the major gaffes from there, with nine straight pars before his birdie on the 18th. 

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Rolling. Rolling. Rolling. Smooth sailing for @DJohnsonPGA so far. #QuickHits https://t.co/Pxuf2FLAcV

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Center cut. https://t.co/kc7mRlwJqz

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

The winning putt @PlayoffFinale 🏆 What a career it's been for @DJohnsonPGA. 23 victories 6 WGCs 1 #FedExCup 1 major #QuickHits https://t.co/vH3QRzAKtC

Johnson needed that strong finish, as Schauffele, Thomas and Rahm each shot rounds of 66 to make things interesting. But his play on the back nine further solidified what has become obvious this year—nobody in the world is playing better golf than Johnson at the moment. 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Dustin Johnson is also going to win the PGA Tour's POY award for a second time. Even if you want to argue for someone else, it's a player vote and recency bias is a real thing. Can't imagine he won't garner the majority of votes, which aren't announced anyway.

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

Dustin Johnson was 45-under in the FedExCup Playoffs (not counting the 'starting strokes'), 16 shots better than any other player. FedExCup champion.

Other notable finishes included Patrick Reed (-11) and Rory McIlroy (-11). But Monday—and really, the past month—was all about Johnson. He'll head into the U.S. Open later in September as the clear favorite.

If he keeps playing the way he has been since the start of August, he'll secure his second major win. 

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