Tour ChampionshipSeptember 25, 2016

Dustin Johnson's dream season ends with disastrous -- and costly -- Sunday

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Dustin Johnson reacts to his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship, the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
US PGA TOURATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: Dustin Johnson reacts to his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship, the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

ATLANTA -- No one in golf has been hotter than Dustin Johnson over the last three months. In the end, he came up one round short of putting a $10 million bow on what has otherwise been a career year.

Johnson stumbled to a final-round 3-over 73 Sunday at the Tour Championship, missing out on what would have been his fourth victory this year and losing out on the season-long FedEx Cup title in the process.

Instead, Rory McIlroy captured his first FedEx Cup thanks to a final-round 64 and a sudden-death playoff victory over Ryan Moore.

“I knew coming in this week, if I won, I win the FedExCup,” Johnson said. “Rory played really great. So obviously, hats off to him. He earned it, and he deserves it honestly. . . . He played great here on the weekend. I just couldn't get anything going here this weekend.”

Especially on Sunday.

After a birdie on the third hole, Johnson started to unravel with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch beginning on the fifth, where he found the rough off the tee and missed an eight-footer for par.

He went on to miss the fairway on two of his next three tee shots, and his chances all but vanished on the par-4 12th after he drove it into a bunker, left his next short of the green and three-putted from four feet for double bogey.

Johnson’s putting didn’t help any, either. He took 32 putts and lost nearly three-and-a-half strokes to the field on the greens in the final round.

Still, he had a chance to win the FedEx Cup. All Johnson needed was for McIlroy not to win the tournament. Instead, McIlroy poured in a 15-footer for birdie and the win on the fourth extra hole.

“It didn't feel right because I didn't win the TOUR Championship,” said Johnson, who shot the worst round of the 29 players who teed it up at East Lake on Sunday. “That's why I was here to win. I knew I controlled my own destiny.

“I had a great year. I'm very pleased with how I played. Obviously, we've got our big week next week with the Ryder Cup. So I'm looking forward to that and looking forward to getting back here next year and get it done.”


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