Dustin Johnson sinks insane 35-foot eagle to clinch victory at the Boston LIV Golf event in the rebel tour’s first ever playoff as he pockets $4m and seals his first victory in 19 months
- Dustin Johnson triumphed at the LIV Golf Boston event during a playoff Sunday
- Johnson sunk a 35-foot eagle putt to beat Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri
- The American’s win means he has now earned $9,962,500 in four LIV events
- The 38-year-old had not won since the Saudi International on February 7, 2021
Dustin Johnson gave LIV Golf its first big moment Sunday when he made a 35-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston for his first victory in 19 months.
Johnson’s putt on the par-five 18th was going so fast it might have rolled some six feet past the hole. But it hit the back of the cup and dropped down near the front of the cup to beat Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri.
He raised his arm and dropped it for a slow-motion uppercut, instead slapping hands with Austin Johnson, his brother and caddie. The win was worth $4million for Johnson. With his team winning again, he now has made $9,962,500 in four events.
Dustin Johnson made a 35-foot eagle putt to win the LIV Golf event in Boston on Sunday
The American’s win means he has now earned $9,962,500 in four events on the rebel series
The first playoff in four LIV Golf events capped an otherwise sloppy finish by so many others who had a chance.
Johnson, who closed with a 5-under 65, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th. His drive bounced into the right rough, his iron to lay up went into the trees well to the left and he had to scramble for par to join Lahiri (64) and Niemann (66) at 15-under 265.
Lahiri hit a fairway metal to 5 feet on the 18th in regulation, and his eagle putt that would have won it rolled around the right edge of the cup.
Anirban Lahiri had an eagle putt to win but it rolled around the right edge of the cup
Lee Westwood finished one shot out of a playoff after a 62 that included bogeys on two of his last three holes.
British Open champion Cameron Smith, among six players who recently signed with the Saudi-funded league, had a 63. He also was tied for the lead until hitting his tee shot into the trees on No. 1, his 17th hole, and having to pitch out sideways. He made bogey. Smith tied for fourth with Westwood. Each made just over $1million.
Johnson had not won since the Saudi International on February 7, 2021, when it was part of the European tour.
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