The world No. 1 clinched the season-ending Tour Championship with a three-shot victory to win the FedEx Cup and equal the most important single payout in PGA Tour historical past, matching the $15 million earned by Rory McIlroy for profitable the identical title final season.Johnson’s profession PGA Tour earnings at the moment are simply in need of $68 million, putting him fifth on the all-time record. Solely Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh have earned extra all through their careers on the tour. “It means quite a bit, I am very pleased with being the FedEx Cup champion,” Johnson informed CNN’s Patrick Snell. “It is one thing that I positively needed to do in my profession of golf. I feel it is proper up there with being a serious winner.
“I have been very shut a few instances and to lastly get it achieved this yr, I could not be extra enthusiastic about it.”
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Going into the US Open later this month, Johnson is certainly golf’s in-form participant and the one to beat.
That he has been capable of finding kind has been one thing of a shock, even for him, given the harm issues the American has needed to face.
“I did not play any [tournaments] final fall as a result of I had surgical procedure on my knee,” he recalled. “Then performed a few occasions and performed okay. Clearly the sport is in actually good kind, I am actually enthusiastic about the place the sport is true now.
“Though I simply gained the FedEx Cup, will probably be good to get to have fun just a little bit with Paulina [wife] and the youngsters and my brother — however just for a few days as a result of then I’ve bought to begin preparing for the US Open.”
The Tour Championship — the ultimate event of the FedEx Cup — featured the highest 30 gamers within the FedEx Cup standings, primarily based on factors accrued all through the season.
Because the top-ranked participant, Johnson started the event in East Lake, Atlanta, on 10-under par, with beginning scores descending all the way down to degree par for gamers ranked 26 to 30.
Johnson held a seemingly comfy five-shot going into the ultimate day, however endured a nervy end down the stretch after seeing his lead lower to simply two by enjoying associate Xander Schauffele.
However the 36-year-old mentioned he’s “shut” to enjoying the most effective golf of his life — and when he is doing that, Johnson may be very laborious to catch.
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“I am enjoying very nicely, I am actually assured in all the pieces I am doing proper now,” he mentioned. “However there’s nonetheless some room for enchancment
“So I am going to go house, I am going to take a few days off, let the thoughts relaxation. Principally I am effective, I might play each week, bodily, however the thoughts has bought to relaxation. That is a very powerful factor in golf is being mentally ready.”
That psychological preparation has by no means been examined greater than it has this yr. Golf, like many different sports activities around the globe, has endured a truncated season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The game returned in June following a three-month hiatus and followers are nonetheless not permitted to attend occasions. This may definitely be a detriment to Johnson on the upcoming US Open, the event he clinched again in 2016 for his solely main so far and someplace he might normally depend on house assist.
“It is positively been a difficult yr, a difficult yr for everybody, not only for us,” Johnson mentioned. “However we [golf] did a terrific job with what we have achieved and we have been in a position to come again and play and do it safely.
“It has been very fascinating not enjoying in entrance of all of the followers, that is been one thing you have needed to get used to as a result of clearly I’ve performed in entrance of followers my entire profession.
“However I am unable to wait till they will come again as a result of it is one thing that I get pleasure from doing, I just like the followers being right here and I am actually trying ahead to them coming again hopefully subsequent yr.”