John­son’s win is his 1st since March 2019

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Dustin John­son won the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship on Sunday to end a long drought and ex­tend his ca­reer­long sea­son vic­tory streak to 13.

John­son closed with a 3un­der­par 67 for a one­stroke vic­tory over Kevin Streel­man at fan­free TPC River High­lands in Cromwell, Conn. John­son last won in Mex­ico City in March 2019.

“I’m def­i­nitely proud of my­self for con­tin­u­ing the streak, and I want to keep it go­ing,” John­son said. “It was a long time be­tween wins, though, and so hope­fully it won’t be that long for the next one.”

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nick­laus each won in 17 con­sec­u­tive years. John­son failed to win in 2014, but is given credit for win­ning in the 201314 sea­son from his vic­tory in the fall of 2013 in Shang­hai. The tour changed to a wrap­around sea­son in 2013.

John­son tapped in for par on the par­4 18th, then raised his ball to ac­knowl­edge the smat­ter­ing of ap­plause from course work­ers, of­fi­cials and re­porters — the only in­per­son wit­nesses al­lowed be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

He fin­ished at 19­un­der 261 for his 21st PGA Tour ti­tle. Streel­man also shot 67. Streel­man, who made seven con­sec­u­tive birdies to win at

TPC River High­lands in 2014, had a 37­foot birdie try on 18 that ended up just short and right.

He was two strokes be­hind John­son on the 17th fair­way when the weather horn blew for an hour­long storm de­lay.

John­son came out of the de­lay and hit his tee shot on 16 into a green­side bunker. His sec­ond shot went well past the hole and he made bo­gey to cut his lead to a stroke.

“I’ve had a few missed cuts, so to come back and fin­ish a solo sec­ond is nice, but to to be that close and per­form and be right there, I’m just a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed right now,”

Streel­man said.

John­son was at 19­un­der when his tee shot on the par­4 15th went left and came inches from go­ing into the sig­na­ture lake that sur­rounds the fin­ish­ing holes. His first pitch didn’t make it to the green, and he hit the sec­ond to 4 feet to save par.

Macken­zie Hughes, who shot a first­round 60, had a 67 to tie for third with 23­yearold Will Gor­don at 17­un­der. Hughes made 48­foot birdie putt on 17, which he started well left of the hole and watched as turned right to the flag. He fin­ished the round with a much straighter 43­foot birdie putt on 18.

Phil Mick­el­son, play­ing his first tour­na­ment since turn­ing 50, fol­lowed up his open­ing rounds of 64 and 63 with two 71s to fin­ish at 11­un­der.

New TV deal: U.S. Open is re­turn­ing to NBC start­ing this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports asked to end its 12­year con­tract with the USGA.

The U.S. Open, orig­i­nally sched­uled to be played last week, was post­poned to Sept. 17­20 at Winged Foot in New York be­cause of the COVID­19 pan­demic.

NBC tele­vised the U.S. Open from 1995 un­til 2014. Fox be­gan car­ry­ing the tour­na­ment the next year.

Frank Franklin II / As­so­ci­ated Press

Dustin John­son fin­ishes his 3­un­der­par round of 67 that gave him a one­stroke vic­tory over Kevin Streel­man in Con­necti­cut. John­son ex­tended his ca­reer­long streak of sea­sons with a vic­tory to 13.

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