"I was hoping he was not going to notice that", Spieth said with a smile. I have an aggressive mentality so I feel like that played right into my hands.
They finished at 13-under 267. A conglomerate of 27 different holes over three courses on the club ground, the course presented an invigorating challenge to both Johnson and Spieth going into the final day.
Martin birdied four of the last four holes for a 67.
Johnson fired a four under par 66 during the final round Sunday, and that allowed him to catch Spieth, who shot a one-under 69. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he mustered eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.303 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.562 around-the-green.
At the next, Johnson was in dense rough off the tee and opted to lay up, leaving him his testing par putt as Spieth two-putted from 75 feet for par.
But Johnson collected four birdies between the ninth and 15th holes, while Spieth had a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 9 to help Johnson get back in contention. Johnson tried to warm up the next day for the opening round at Augusta National and decided minutes before his tee time that he couldn't go. It's been a tough road to get back to where I feel like my game's able to compete out here again. "I'm swinging everything really well, got a lot of control over the golf ball and I'm feeling really good".
That meant Johnson would have to sink his 18-foot putt to force the playoff.
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"It was a big win, for sure, especially after the start I got off to his year", Johnson said, alluding to three straight victories against strong fields.
"I thought that was a fun show to be a part of", said Spieth, who was bidding for his fourth victory of the season. Jon Rahm (68) was two shots behind along with Justin Rose (68) and Russell Henley (72).
For a guy who can make golf look easy, Dustin Johnson can't remember a victory more hard. He had five birdies in a row form 10th to 14th.
Thomas' breakout season has included four wins, one of which was a major, a round of 59 in Hawaii, and shooting the lowest round in relation to par ever at a major at the U.S. Open.
Sung Hyun Park won the tournament at 13-under par. "I guess we don't play 'til Friday, so I'll take a couple days off, go shopping, live it up a little bit in the city".
Jason Day's sixth-place finish moved him to No. 29 in the FedExCup standings.
"I needed it more", Johnson said. "I'm much more mentally sharp right now than I have been all year, which is great, even though I am making silly errors".