Travelers victory puts Johnson in elite company

Sports | REUTERS 30 Jun 2020

A pair of bogeys on the back nine and a rain delay were not enough to derail Dustin Johnson, who won the Travelers Championship by one stroke in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The 2016 US Open champion fended off fellow American Kevin Streelman after shooting a career-low 61 the day prior, claiming his 21st PGA Tour title to mark his 13th consecutive season with at least one victory - a feat matched only by an elite group of players that includes Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.

"I'm definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak. It was a long time between wins though. Hopefully it won't be that long for the next one," said Johnson, who last won in February 2019.

The former world No 1, who started the day two shots adrift of third-round leader Brendon Todd, shot a closing three-under-par 67 at TPC River Highlands to finish on 19-under 261.

He narrowly avoided disaster on No 15, when he was forced to remove his shoes and stand in a pond to hit his ball, which landed in the damp turf next to the water. He made par, only to bogey the next hole, after rain forced a brief delay at the fanless tournament.

"Even though there's no fans here, you can still feel the pressure," said the 36-year-old American.

Todd, who had been in the lead after a 61 in the third round, self-destructed on No 12 with a triple bogey and failed to recover. He finished tied for 11th.

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