Dustin Johnson would bring a three-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round at the BMW CHAMPIONSHIP at Crooked Stick Country Club in Carmel, Indiana.
When all was said and done, that was his exact margin of victory over Paul Casey at the conclusion of play. In this tournament, this spoke more to Johnson’s ability to maintain composure rather than an opponent losing his steadiness. Indeed, at times the competition would seemingly be mounting a rally, as when the gap closed to one shot Sunday. That was just motivation for Johnson to lengthen the lead to four strokes at one point. Top players like Patrick Reed would play a great round and make up no ground, while others like Sergio Garcia and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson would simply fade.
An interesting fact brought up by commentators during the final round is that for the first time since 2007, no rookie has cracked the Top 30, thus earning an exemption for 2017.
Finally, Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will be finalizing his roster this week, so a few players who could have made life easier on themselves with a win will have a stress-filled week.