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Birdie Bomb Lifts Rahm To BMW Playoff Triumph Over Johnson

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Noah Ferguson | 31 August, 2020, 07:26

And he only saw half of it.

Dustin Johnson forced extra-holes against Jon Rahm at the BMW Championship as he drained a remarkable double-breaking 45-foot putt for birdie on the final green.

It was that focus that allowed him to handle the fact Johnson made a ridiculously good 43-foot snaking downhill putt of his own to force the playoff. From there, it was a replay of Johnson's putt as it headed down the slope, kissed off the pin and disappeared into the cup. "I certainly haven't putted as well as I would have liked, and with the scores being as low as they have been, I just haven't been able to shoot the low scores I needed".

Johnson's solo second place means he'll stay atop the rankings.

From one end of the 18th green to the other, Rahm's putt from just over 65 feet rolled down the ridge and into the cup, setting off a roar so loud it almost made up for not having spectators. "Obviously, he got off to a really good start and I didn't, but I felt like I played really solid throughout the whole day".

The putts overshadowed a command performance by Rahm, who closed with a 66-64 weekend on an Olympia Fields course that played like the toughest test in golf.

As promising as Sunday could show up for Woods - with the U.S. Open right all-around the corner - it was the initially time and fifth in general given that the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2010 that that he went an entire tournament taking pictures around par in all four rounds.

Leishman will tee off in 25th position in Atlanta on Friday, at one under and nine shots behind Johnson.

Tiger Woods' poor putting led to a miserable round that included five bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies for a round of five-over 75.

"I just hope I don't lose by one", Rahm said afterwards.

What he wasn't expecting was to win the tournament on the first playoff hole when Johnson split the fairway and he found the rough and consequently faced 66 feet for birdie to Johnson's 33 feet.

And then it was over.

"Honestly I hoped it would be a decent putt for par coming back and have a chance to keep the playoff going. I think we all want the flashy finish, maybe not the stress that comes with it, but I set out with myself to enjoy even the uncomfortable moments we had out there today, and man, it was fun!"

"It's a hard course, you have to play good".

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan played in a twosome in round three of the BMW Championship, second event of the PGA Tour playoffs, and they will be side-by side again in the final round.

Johnson had snaked in a 43-foot birdie at the same hole to force the playoff, joining Rahm on four-under-par 276 in the second event of the U.S. tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Joaquin Niemann, the 21-year-old from Chile, also made a spirited run with a 67 and was in the lead until a bogey on the 14th and no birdies the rest of the way. The world number one is now tied for third with overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama.

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