Johnson hit eight consecutive sixes on nine before birdie at the last hole. He scored 68 runs on Monday to win three.
Johnson is the undisputed top player in the game right now. His three wins this season – he also won the Travelers Championship in June – tied Thomas the most this season. Johnson was the runner-up in the only major match of the season.
He is the favorite to be selected PGA TOUR Player of the Year by his teammates. If he is then he will join a special club. Only Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth have won the FedExcoop, finishing the season in the official world golf rankings and being selected PGA Tour Player of the Year in the same season.
Woods did it in 2007 and 2009. She performed in a Grand Slam in the same season that Spiti did in 2015.
What a difference a year makes.
Johnson could not beat anyone until the end of last season because he had knee pain. He finished just 12 players ahead of the BMW Championship, then hit the most three shots at East Lake.
How worried was he when he got out of East Lake last year?
“I don’t remember what happened last year,” he said Monday night. “That was a long time ago.”
It was Johnson’s greatest asset, even larger than his long drive, is his short memory. Even if he can’t remember, he undoubtedly struggled a year earlier than last year. He never finished better than 20th in his final eight of the season, his longest stretch without his top-10 since his cheating season.
He required an MRI on his left knee after the first event back, Charles Schwab Challenge, after surgery and season hiatus. It did no harm, just a strain, but it was the latest in a line of disappointment for the former world No.1.
Due to his injuries and struggles, Johnson was impressed by the charisma and continuity of workout buddy Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy over the past two years.
not anymore. His recent play is reminiscent of his three-event winning streak in 2017.
“Obviously I’m playing very well now,” Johnson said. “I think I can play better, though.”
This is a scary thought.