Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Dustin Johnson recognizes Gretzky effect at RBC Canadian Open

Dustin Johnson recognizes Gretzky effect at RBC Canadian Open

"It's important on a lot of levels, it's so bunched that a great round would go a long way", said Taylor, who played Saturday with world No. 1 Johnson. Johnson now has three victories this season, and the world's best golfer also sits atop the money list by nearly a million dollars.

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Starting Sunday in a four-way tie for the lead and in the final group, Johnson fired a six-under-par 66 and his 23-under total left playing partner Byeong Hun An (69) and Whee Kim (69) in his wake at 20 under. Both runners-up shot 69 in the fourth round, but couldn't keep pace with Johnson after sharing the lead with him after 54 holes.

After Johnson took his only bogey of the day at the 12th, his lead was trimmed to a single shot but the 34-year-old was unshakeable, answering with a birdie at 13 to get back on track. There's a lot of guys right around the lead and somebody's going to go shoot low.

For every guy on the second-tier circuit, the goal is to finish among the top-25 and secure a PGA Tour card for the following season.

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First-round leader Robert Garrigus also was nine under, following an opening 63 with a 72. The first round was suspended on Thursday and not completed until Friday morning, but there was quite the logjam on the leaderboard with all the low scores.

An shot 66, and Kim 67.

But then he played the par-5 13th in four ideal shots, which he did again on the par-5 16th to really put the tournament away. But seeing the No. 1 in the world playing golf is quite exciting, and he's pretty good.

There was a logjam at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the final round with Johnson, An, Kim and Kevin Tway all sitting on 17 under and holding a four-shot advantage over the chasing pack. He recorded four rounds in the 60s.

Keegan Bradley had a local connection this week at the RBC Canadian Open, and it paid off in spades as he made a nice move on the FedExCup standings. Of course, Johnson will be ready for that tournament, too, if this weekend's play is any indication.

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The 27-year-old from Dundas, Ont., finished in a season-high tie for eighth place at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, and captured the Rivermead Cup as the top Canadian for the second consecutive year. The scene shifts this week to Akron, Ohio, and the Firestone Country Club for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Johnson will play the WGC-Bridgestone next week in the run up to the final major of the season, the PGA Championship at Bellerive.

Johnson won this event in 2016, and Bradley won it in 2012 although he did not qualify for this year's tournament.

"Signing with RBC this year and coming up here and winning, especially on a golf course where I've had success, it means a lot", Johnson said.

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