Dustin Johnson reacts after playing his putt during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at the TPC River Highlands on Sunday 15 Green has sunk June 28, 2020 in Cromwell, Connecticut (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)
CROMWELL, Conn. – Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career season winning streak to 13.
Johnson closed with a 3-under-67 for a one-stroke win over Kevin Streelman in the fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019.
"I am definitely proud of myself that I have continued the series and I want to keep it going," said Johnson. "However, it has been a long time between victories and hopefully it won't take that long for the next one."
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each won in 17 consecutive years. Johnson could not win in 2014, but will be recognized for the 2013/14 season win after his win in Shanghai in fall 2013. The tour changed to an all-round season in 2013.
Johnson tapped Par-4-18 on Par, raising his ball to acknowledge the applause from course workers, officials, and reporters, the only personal witnesses admitted to the coronavirus pandemic.
He finished his 21st PGA Tour title at 19 under 261 years.
Streelman also shot 67.
Streelman, who made seven birdies in a row in 2014 to win in the TPC River Highlands, had a 37 foot birdie attempt at 18 that ended short and correctly.
He was two hits behind Johnson on the 17th fairway when the Wetterhorn blew for an hour of storm delay.
Johnson came out of the delay and hit his tee on the 16th in a bunker on the green. His second shot went far beyond the hole and made Bogey to cut his lead to a stroke.
"I had a few bad cuts, so it's nice to come back and finish a solo second, but being so close and performing and being right there I'm just a little disappointed at the moment," Streelman said.
Johnson was under 19 when his tee shot left on the 15th par and was just a few inches from the typical lake surrounding the target holes. His first pitch didn't make it to the green and he hit the second to 4 feet to save par.
"It was a stroke of luck, but you still had to do a lot of ups and downs to do par," he said.
Mackenzie Hughes, who shot 60 in the first round, had a 67 for third place with 23-year-old Will Gordon at the age of 17. Hughes made a 48-foot birdie putt at 17, which he started well to the left of the hole and watched him turn right to the flag. He ended the round with a much straight 43-foot birdie putt on the 18th
Gordon, who had no status on either the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour, had seven birdies in a 64. The goal was just enough to give him a special temporary card and unlimited exceptions for the rest of the season .
His lonely Bogey came on the 17th and dropped him briefly to fourth place.
"I knew the higher the better, so I watched the rankings," he said.
Johnson started the day two strokes behind Brendon Todd and took the lead after three birdies put him down to 20 after 10 holes.
Todd shot a 75 to get 11th with 13. He made a 7 on par-4 12.
Bryson DeChambeau shot a 68 to finish in sixth place with 15.
Rory McIlroy with the highest rank finished 11th after 67 with 11 under 11.
"There were some really good things, but only some really stupid mistakes," he said.
Phil Mickelson, who played his first tournament since he was 50, followed his opening rounds of 64 and 63 with two 71s and ended with 11 under.
"I see progress this week," he said. "The goal is certainly to win golf tournaments, but remember that I missed some cuts. I didn't play at the level I wanted, and I came in this week and had a lot of great finds. I have a lot of good ones Strikes made, many good tees. My mistakes were much better. "
There were seven COVID-19 related withdrawals from the Connecticut event with two positive tests among players. Cameron Champ retired on Tuesday and Denny McCarthy had a positive test on Friday.
The PGA Tour is making some changes to its corona virus guidelines due to this week's issues. Players, caddies, and anyone else who is considered to be "in the bladder" must take a negative test before they are approved for the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the Detroit Golf Club grounds.
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