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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Northern Trust

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Sung Hyun Park won the Canadian Pacific Women's Open on the LPGA; Julian Suri won his first ET title at the Made in Denmark event; Jerry Kelly got his first Champions Tour win at the Boeing Classic; Brice Garnett won the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Web.com Tour, and the first 25 PGA Tour cards were awarded; and Yuta Ikeda won the RIZAP KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour.

Dustin Johnson with Northern Trust trophy

Well, we wanted to see the big boys dueling in the FedExCup Playoffs. Looks like we got it.

Dustin Johnson's game has been off since he injured his back at the Masters. It appears it has finally healed... and his game came roaring back this week. Trailing Jordan Spieth by three shots entering the final round -- and surrounded by GC's "Spieth Stats" showing that Jordan was 6-for-7 when leading at the halfway point -- DJ calmly told reporters that sure, he'd rather have a three-stroke lead than have to chase, but that chasing wasn't that bad a place to be.

He demonstrated how that can work Sunday.

Jordan started with a three-stroke lead, which he promptly built to five, then lost with a double-bogey and a bogey on the front nine. DJ made a single birdie on the 9th to cut the lead to one, and another birdie on 10 to draw even. The rest of the round was less predictable than the Mayweather-McGregor fight, but certainly offered as much punching and counterpunching. (For those of you who care about my opinion, I expected McGregor to lose -- it's harder to excel at a single discipline because you can't hide any weaknesses -- but I think McGregor fought well enough to gain some cred as a boxer. Mayweather is an artisan when it comes to boxing, and surviving ten rounds that ended with a TKO instead of an actual knockout against him is impressive to me.)

In the end, DJ and Jordan went one extra hole... and the drive that DJ hit, which he managed to place in the correct side of the fairway so he could see the flag, was definitely a knockout.

In a postseason that looked as if it might be all Jordan, what with Rory hurt and Jason Day's game still a bit off, it now looks as if a battle is brewing between Jordan, DJ and quite possibly Hideki and Justin Thomas, given how good their seasons have been. But DJ has drawn first blood in this matchup...

And he's also drawn the first playoff Limerick Summary. These playoffs should be fun!
Dustin Johnson is back on his game
After months when things just weren’t the same.
He and Spieth dropped the field
And when neither would yield,
Jordan taunted, “Come on!” So he came.
The photo came from the tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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