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Dustin Johnson's brilliant 2016 continues at BMW Championship

Johnson in the best form of career (Photo: Getty Images)
Dustin Johnson has continued his magnificent 2016 season with victory at the BMW Championship in Carmel in Indiana.

It was Johnson's third win of 2016 but his tenth top five finish, highlighting a greater consistency than ever before.

Johnson won by three shots over England’s Paul Casey who had staged a determined and lone bid to chase down the 54 hole leader.

Casey drew level with Johnson early in today’s final round when he birdied the second and third holes while Johnson, after an early birdie himself, bogeyed the 2nd and 3rd.  

Johnson re-established control however when he birdied the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th and was essentially able to match motors with Casey over the final nine holes.

Roberto Castro, who had led the event early in the week, bounced back from a potentially disastrous third round of 74 with his final round of 67 to finish alone in 3rd position and importantly in 21st position on the FedEx Cup table allowing him to head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship in two weeks’ time.

“Today was a great day,” said Johnson.  “Paul played really well and made it quite interesting – you know after the third hole we were tied. I felt like it was pretty tight all day.

“I’m in a great position and can control my own destiny,” added Johnson when looking ahead to the Tour Championship.

“The big difference is my wedge game. My wedges have improved a lot so I know if I am driving it well and can get a wedge in my hand then I am going to have good looks at birdies.  

Casey has been runner-up in each of the last two events making his exclusion from the European Ryder Cup side even more agonising for the European captain Darren Clarke. At the time when selection had to be made then Clarke was perhaps influenced by disclosed form at that time but with both Russell Knox and Paul Casey not able to find a spot in the European side they are two players who would have added greater strength to the European side.

Adam Scott continued his outstanding run of consistency with yet another great week. He shared 4th place and as a result moves two places to 3rd in the FedEx Cup table. The finish was Scott’s third consecutive 4th place finish and he heads to the Tour Championship with his game in great shape. He has previously won the Tour Championship.

Jason Day was forced to withdraw through back injury during today’s final round but is expected to be back for the Tour Championship in two weeks’ time. Day has slipped to 4th on the FedEx Cup table.

Marc Leishman finished 52nd this week while Aaron Baddeley was 61st and so just Scott and Day will fly the Australian flag in Atlanta.


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