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PGA Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson bombs lake drive, beats Jordan Spieth

By Alex Butler
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Dustin Johnson pumps his fist after making a long putt for par on the 18th green against Jordan Spieth in the final round of The Northern Trust golf championship Sunday at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. Johnson wins The Northern Trust with a score of 13 under par. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/9cc8082fedc42a58c3c19798bf5d32fe/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Dustin Johnson pumps his fist after making a long putt for par on the 18th green against Jordan Spieth in the final round of The Northern Trust golf championship Sunday at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. Johnson wins The Northern Trust with a score of 13 under par. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Jordan Spieth took the safe approach on the par-4, 475-yard 18th hole at The Northern Trust, while Dustin Johnson's gamble won the tournament.

Spieth entered Sunday's final round with a three-stroke lead on Johnson, but Johnson's 66 tied him with him with Spieth to force a playoff. Spieth earned a one-shot lead on Johnson with a birdie on the 14th hole before Johnson answered back with a birdie on No. 15.

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Johnson kept the score tied by sinking a 17-foot putt on the final hole, forcing the extra round. Both golfers shot 13-under on the day.

But the drama was over on 18 at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.

The first playoff hole began with Spieth hitting a respectable 315-foot drive down the fairway. Johnson opted to challenge himself on the hole, smashing a 341-foot drive over a left-flanking lake, getting closer to the tee. Johnson hit his next shot 95 yards, with a wedge, within four feet of the hole. He drilled the short putt for the birdie.

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Spieth's approach shot couldn't stay on the green. He followed the iron approach with a birdie attempt from the fringe, but he couldn't sink it to match Johnson.

Sunday's win was Johnson's second Northern Trust victory and fourth FedExCup Playoff title. Johnson won $1.5 million with Sunday's victory.

The No. 1 ranked golfer in the world now has four wins this season. Spieth is ranked No. 2 in the world.

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