Dustin Johnson received the Vacationers Championship on Sunday to finish an extended drought and prolong his career-long season victory streak to 13.
Johnson closed with a Three-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson closing received in Mexico Town in March 2019.
“I’m for sure pleased with myself for proceeding the streak and I need to stay it going,” Johnson mentioned. “It used to be a very long time between wins, even though, and, so, confidently, it received’t be that lengthy for the following one.”
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus every received in 17 consecutive years. Johnson didn’t win in 2014, however is given credit score for successful within the 2013-14 season from his victory within the fall of 2013 in Shanghai. The excursion modified to a wraparound season in 2013.
Johnson tapped in for par at the par-Four 18th, raised his ball to recognize the smattering of applause from direction employees, officers and journalists, the one in-person witnesses allowed on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
He completed at 19-under 261 for his 21st PGA Excursion name.
Streelman additionally shot 67.
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Streelman, who made seven directly birdies to win at TPC River Highlands in 2014, had a 37-foot birdie take a look at on 18 that ended up simply quick and proper.
He used to be two strokes at the back of Johnson at the 17th fairway when the elements horn blew for an hour-long hurricane prolong.
Johnson got here out of the prolong and hit his tee shot on 16 right into a greenside bunker. His 2nd shot went well beyond the outlet and made bogey to chop his result in a stroke.
“I have had a couple of ignored cuts, so that you could come again and end a solo 2nd is good, however to to be that shut and carry out and be proper there, I am just a bit upset at this time,” Streelman mentioned.
Johnson used to be at 19 below when his tee shot at the par-Four 15th went left and got here inches from going into the signature lake that surrounds the completing holes. His first pitch didn’t make it to the golf green, and he hit the second one to Four toes to avoid wasting par.
“It used to be fortunate, however a nonetheless needed to made a just right up-and-down to make par,” he mentioned.
Mackenzie Hughes, who shot a first-round 60, had a 67 to tie for 3rd with 23-year-old Will Gordon at 17 below. Hughes made 48-foot birdie putt on 17, which he began neatly left of the outlet and watched as became proper to the flag. He completed the around with a miles straighter 43-foot birdie putt on 18.
Gordon, who had no standing on both the PGA Excursion or the Korn Ferry Excursion, had seven birdies in a 64. The end used to be simply sufficient to provide him a unique transient card and limitless exemptions for the remainder of the season.
His lone bogey got here on 17, and in short dropped him to fourth position.
“I knew the upper the simpler, so I used to be gazing the leaderboard coming in,” he mentioned.
Johnson began the day two strokes at the back of Brendon Todd, and took the lead after 3 directly birdies put him at 20 below after 10 holes.
Todd shot a 75 to tie for 11th at 13 below. He made a 7 at the par-Four 12th.
Bryson DeChambeau shot a 68 to tie for 6th at 15 below.
Most sensible-ranked Rory McIlroy tied for 11th at 13 below after a 67.
“There’s been some actually just right stuff in there, however then only a few actually silly errors,” he mentioned.
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Phil Mickelson, taking part in his first match since turning 50, adopted up his opening rounds of 64 and 63 with two 71s to complete at 11 below.
“I’m having a look at this week as growth,” he mentioned. “Indisputably the purpose is to win golfing tournaments, however bear in mind I’ve ignored a host of cuts. I haven’t performed to the extent I’ve sought after to, and this week I got here in and had numerous nice reveals. I hit numerous just right pictures, hit numerous just right tee pictures. My misses had been significantly better.”
There have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut match, with two certain exams amongst gamers. Cameron Champ withdrew Tuesday and Denny McCarthy had a good check on Friday.
The PGA Excursion is making some tweaks to its coronavirus insurance policies because of this week’s problems. Avid gamers, caddies and somebody else thought to be “throughout the bubble” should check damaging ahead of being allowed at the grounds of the Detroit Golfing Membership for the Rocket Loan Vintage.