Johnson catches fire late, defeats Spieth in playoff

Former Coastal Carolina University All-American and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson pulled off a stunning comeback victory Sunday to defeat Jordan Spieth on the first playoff hole to win The Northern Trust at Old Westbury (NY).

Johnson began the day three strokes behind third-round leader Spieth, and Johnson trailed by as many as five strokes on the front nine before catching fire on the back side.

Johnson made four birdies between the ninth and 15th holes, while Spieth had a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 9 to help Johnson get back in contention.

On the final hole of regulation, Johnson drove into the rough. Spieth made his par, and Johnson made an 18-foot putt to save par and force a playoff. Johnson’s putt curled around the cup before dropping in.

It was Johnson’s first win since injuring his back before the Masters. He was in danger of losing his No. 1 golf ranking to Spieth.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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