Johnson’s win is his 1st since March 2019
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,”
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.
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.