A comeback win for Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson, with an assist from Jason Day, staged a late comeback to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday in his first start since his U.S. Open victory last month.
Day, No. 1 in the World Ranking, took a one-stroke lead to the 15th hole, then bogeyed it and double-bogeyed the par-5 16th, while Johnson made birdie at 17 and a bogey at 18 to win by one over Scott Piercy. It was Johnson's 11th PGA Tour victory.
“I feel like my game is where it has been all year,” Johnson said. “I felt like I’ve been playing really solid all year. I’ve been driving it great and wedging it good, I just haven’t been putting as well as I’d like to. But the last couple of weeks I’ve just putted a little bit better.”
Johnson, 32, shot matching four-under par 66s on the weekend at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and finished at six-under par 274. Day, who began the final round tied with Piercy, shot a two-over par 72 and tied for third. Piercy, who tied for second at the U.S. Open, shot an even-par 70.
The victory moved Johnson up to second in the World Ranking, supplanting Jordan Spieth, who fell to third. Spieth closed with a three-under par 67 and finished in a tie for fourth.