Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Dustin Johnson wins Travelers to extend career-long season streak

Dustin Johnson of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on 28 June 2020 in Cromwell Connecticut Dustin Johnson hits lucky 21 with Travelers Championship win
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 05:52

The PGA Tour is making some tweaks to its coronavirus policies as a result of this week's issues.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each won in 17 consecutive years. The three-time PGA Tour winner's most recent title came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico last November.

Johnson resisted the urge to play cautiously and hammered his final drive over 350 yards down the fairway, flicked a wedge to the heart of the green and two-putted for the winning par and a one-shot victory over Streelman, with Will Gordon (64) and Mackenzie Hughes (67) sharing third on 17 under.

"I'm proud of myself for continuing the streak, and I want to keep it going, but it was a long time between wins - hopefully it won't be as long until the next one".

Johnson was at 19 under when his tee shot on the par-4 15th went left and came inches from going into the signature lake that surrounds the finishing holes.

Although the tournament was played without spectators because of the coronavirus, Johnson admitted he had been nervous after a weather delay with three holes remaining. Todd tripled the par-4 12th, when he bladed his third shot over the green and then needed three more shots to find the putting surface before holing a 5-footer for his 7.

Gordon, who had no status on either the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour, had seven birdies in a 64.

Despite being unable to close the gap on eventual victor Dustin Johnson, Hughes ended his week in style with back-to-back stunning birdie putts. His third-place finish was just enough to earn him a special temporary card and unlimited exemptions for the rest of the season.

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The 36-year-old laid the foundations for victory with a run of three straight birdies either side of the turn to take sole possession of the lead as partner Todd struggled to make any birdies over the front nine.

Two more bogeys and four more pars capped off a birdie-less 75, plummeting Todd to a nine-way tie for 11th, six back.

Todd said he was looking forward to being paired with Johnson for the final round of the tournament, where no fans are in attendance.

Hughes dropped into a second-place tie Friday after shooting 68, one day after the best round of his professional career.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is tied for 18th at 10-under after an up-and-down 69 on Saturday.

Fritelli missed the cut when the tour restarted with the Charles Schwab challenge but rallied to finish in a tie for eighth at the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links in SC.

Frittelli, now ranked No. 105 in the world, competed at this week's Travelers Championship, where golfers Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy and caddies for Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell all tested positive for COVID-19. Players, caddies and any other people considered "inside the bubble" will have to test negative before being allowed onto the grounds of the Detroit Golf Club for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Frittelli's case comes after Denny McCarthy, fellow player Cameron Champ and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott tested positive during the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.