CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13.
Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019.
â€œIâ€™m definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak and I want to keep it going,â€ Johnson said. â€œIt was a long time between wins, though, and, so, hopefully it wonâ€™t be that long for the next one.â€
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each won in 17 consecutive years. Johnson failed to win in 2014, but is given credit for winning in the 2013-14 season from his victory in the fall of 2013 in Shanghai. The tour changed to a wraparound season in 2013.
Johnson tapped in for par on the par-4 18th, raised his ball to acknowledge the smattering of applause from course workers, officials and reporters, the only in-person witnesses allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He finished at 19-under 261 for his 21st PGA Tour title.
Streelman also shot 67.
Streelman, who made seven straight birdies to win at TPC River Highlands in 2014, had a 37-foot birdie try on 18 that ended up just short and right.
He was two strokes behind Johnson on the 17th fairway when the weather horn blew for an hour-long storm delay.
Johnson came out of the delay and hit his tee shot on 16 into a greenside bunker. His second shot went well past the hole and made bogey to cut his lead to a stroke.
â€œI’ve had a few missed cuts, so to come back and finish a solo second is nice, but to to be that close and perform and be right there, I’m just a little disappointed right now,â€ Streelman said.
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. His first pitch didnâ€™t make it to the green, and he hit the second to 4 feet to save par.
â€œIt was lucky, but a still had to made a good up-and-down to make par,â€ he said.
Mackenzie Hughes, who shot a first-round 60, had a 67 to tie for third with 23-year-old Will Gordon at 17 under. Hughes made 48-foot birdie putt on 17, which he started well left of the hole and watched as turned right to the flag. He finished the round with a much straighter 43-foot birdie putt on 18.
Gordon, who had no status on either the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour, had seven birdies in a 64. The finish was just enough to give him a special temporary card and unlimited exemptions for the rest of the season.
His lone bogey came on 17, and briefly dropped him to fourth place.
â€œI knew the higher the better, so I was watching the leaderboard coming in,â€ he said.
Johnson started the day two strokes behind Brendon Todd, and took the lead after three straight birdies put him at 20 under after 10 holes.
Todd shot a 75 to tie for 11th at 13 under. He made a 7 on the par-4 12th.
Bryson DeChambeau shot a 68 to tie for sixth at 15 under.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy tied for 11th at 13 under after a 67.
â€œThereâ€™s been some really good stuff in there, but then just some really stupid mistakes,â€ he said.
Phil Mickelson, playing his first tournament since turning 50, followed up his opening rounds of 64 and 63 with two 71s to finish at 11 under.
â€œIâ€™m looking at this week as progress,â€ he said. â€œCertainly the goal is to win golf tournaments, but keep in mind Iâ€™ve missed a bunch of cuts. I havenâ€™t played to the level Iâ€™ve wanted to, and this week I came in and had a lot of great finds. I hit a lot of good shots, hit a lot of good tee shots. My misses were much better.â€
There were seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event, with two positive tests among players. Cameron Champ withdrew Tuesday and Denny McCarthy had a positive test on Friday.
The PGA Tour is making some tweaks to its coronavirus policies as a result of this week’s issues. Players, caddies and anyone else considered â€œinside the bubbleâ€ will have to test negative before being allowed on the grounds of the Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.