Congrats to Dustin Johnson and his caddie Joe LaCava for their two-shot victory over Matt Kuchar (and Hurricane Irene) at The Barclays. The weather-shortened 54-hole event finally caught a break on Saturday morning — other than a few passing showers, it stayed clear at Plainfield and play was completed before it got too ugly.
That said, I’m driving back to NYC now instead of finishing a more in-depth post. Here’s a quick summary: DJ overpowered Plainfield, his length was a huge advantage (course played long in the wet conditions), he’s been working really hard on his putting earlier this week and it paid off.
With this victory, Dustin has captured five titles on the PGA Tour, the most of any player in their 20s. Apparently he’s great in 54-hole events. He won the ’09 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am the last time the Tour was forced to cut a tournament to three rounds.
Some other notes via the PGA Tour:
*Earns fifth PGA TOUR victory in 97th career start at the age of 27 years, 2 months and 5 days.
PGA TOUR Career Victories (5):
2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship
2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BMW Championship
2011 The Barclays
*Collects 2500 FedExCup points to move from No. 19 to No. 1 in the point standings, guaranteeing a spot in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the third time (2010-T22, 2009-27th).
THE BARCLAYS NOTES
*Stats for the week: T44 in Fairways Hit (25/42-59.5%), T8 in Putts per Round (28.0), T9 in Greens in Regulation (45/54-83.3%), 18th in Strokes Gained-Putting (2.472 for the week).
*Carded scores of 30, 29 and 29 on the front nine this week to play the outgoing holes in 17-under.
*Picks up first win in fourth start at the event (MC-2008, T15-2009, T9-2010, 1-2011).
PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS FOR THE FEDEXCUP NOTES
*Becomes the sixth player with multiple wins in PGA TOUR Playoffs events, joining Tiger Woods (3), Steve Stricker (2), Camilo Villegas (2), Vijay Singh (2) and Phil Mickelson (2).
*Wins in his 10th start in a Playoffs event, notching his fourth top-10 finish (1-2011 The Barclays, 1-2010 BMW Championship, T9-2010 The Barclays, T4-2009 Deutsche Bank Championship).
*Records his sixth top-10 finish of the season, topping runner-up finishes at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and British Open.
*Counting 2011 season, joins Phil Mickelson (8 seasons; 2004-2011) as the only players with wins in each of the last four seasons. Others who could join this list in 2011: Zach Johnson (2007-10) and Geoff Ogilvy (2008-10).
*Is the first player since Tiger Woods (1996-99) to go straight from college and win in each of his first four years.
*Five career wins are the most by players currently in their 20s. Here’s the list of players with three or more wins: Johnson (5), Sean O’Hair (4), Camilo Villegas (3), Anthony Kim (3) and Hunter Mahan (3).
*Records the 15th win this season by a player in his 20s (14 players).
*Posts his 21st top-10 finish and 37th top-25 finish on TOUR.
Please give me something to read when I get back to the city — let’s hear your reactions to Dustin’s win, the great duel between DJ and Kuchar for most of the day, Brandt Snedeker shooting 10-under 61, William McGirt (who was the last man in the field at 125 in FedEx Cup points) birdieing his second-to-last hole to place high enough to move on to the second playoff event next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, etc.