Dustin Johnson clinches play-off to win Northern Trust

Jon Rahm partnered Fowler and Johnson for the opening two rounds

Jordan Spieth rolled into Sunday with a solid lead at The Northern Trust, and he has never lost a PGA Tour event when entering into the final round with a multi-shot lead. Both golfers shot 13-under on the day. "He won it", said Spieth.

Johnson, who closed with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 to finish at 13 under, birdied the 13th and 15th holes and never made a bogey all week on the back nine. But his mid-iron on the sixth hole came up short and landed in the water and gave Johnson hope.

After the win, once he had enjoyed a few minutes to consider how he accomplished it, Johnson was still tickled that his final putt of regulation found the bottom of the cup.

Until the injury, he'd been on a roll in 2017, winning three tournaments to ascend to the top of the rankings.

"I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was leading into the Masters", Johnson said.

Spieth again found the green safely but needed to hole his birdie putt from 25-feet after Johnson knocked his approach to within a few feet to nearly guarantee a three. He now maintains a 595-point edge over Spieth, with Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm rounding out the top five. Earlier this season, he took home The Open Championship, leaving only the PGA Championship as the lone Major he has not claimed.

For the fourth straight time - dating back to a year ago - Paul Casey recorded a top-five finish in a play-off event.

"Yeah, it was a lot of fun", Johnson said when asked about the day. After he sliced his drive up the hill and into a nasty lie in the rough, he chose to lay up instead of trying to hammer a shot to an elevated green.

Casey, who often contends but has struggled to get over the hump and win, provided some insight into what he thinks it will take for him to be successful more often. He finished T3 at THE NORTHERN TRUST to move from No. 6 to No. 5 in the standings.

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While that Masters loss left some justifiable scarring for Spieth, this one - despite the coughed-up lead - shouldn't even register on the scale of dejection.

In a career known for driving prowess and field-lapping abilities, it might be the defining putt of his life so far, the most important one he has made when he has really had to make one.

Johnson then won the first sudden-death hole and speaking afterwards said he is delighted to be back at the top of his game. Wie shot 71-68-70 in the first three rounds.

The two men, each seeking their fourth victory of the season, finished tied after 72 holes.

A 10-foot birdie at the tenth from Johnson pulled the contest all-square, with Rahm firing a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th to briefly get within one of the final group. It was a bitterly disappointing end to the week for Horsey, who had fought back brilliantly after a poor start to his round.

No one else really had a chance.

The American began the day in a four-way tie for the lead and recovered from a bogey on the first with his fifth birdie of the day on the 10th.

Chris Paisley, Steve Webster and Ben Evans shared third place on 13 under, with 51-year-old John Daly who was trying to become the oldest victor in European Tour history finishing in a tie for 10th after a closing 71.

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