It’s getting real in the FedEx Cup race, and all of a sudden Dustin Johnson has a leg up on the field.
Back in April, we would have thought nothing but, with no “all of a sudden” qualifier for the guy who was playing exactly like his No. 1 ranking. That was before Johnson’s world wobbled out of whack, starting with the mishap before the Masters that knocked the pre-tournament favorite out of the field and messed with his mojo for months.
This is the guy, remember, who won three times in three starts in February and March. He missed winning a major this season, but he’s back, it seems, just in time.
Johnson won the first of the big-points (2,000) FedEx playoff events at the Northern Trust last weekend, out-dueling Jordan Spieth on Sunday’s back nine. How cool is that, boys and girls and sports fans? April seems a long time ago.
For Rory McIlroy, September 2016 was a while back, too. Those were better days. He won in Week 2 of the FedEx playoffs (which makes him the defending champion in the Dell Technologies Championship starting Friday) and again in Week 4, the Tour Championship, to claim a big crystal trophy and $10 jillion as FedEx champion.
That was last year. This year he’s ranked 43rd in the FedEx standings. It’s not out of reach with the points the last three events offer, but other people are playing better right now.
Like Dustin Johnson.