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Published: 12:17 | 12/9/16

Johnson closes on FedExCup glory

American seals BMW Championship triumph

Dustin Johnson is homing in on FedExCup glory as he withstood Paul Casey’s challenge to win the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, Indiana on Sunday.

The world number two posted a blistering five-under par 67 on the final day to finish on a tournament record 23-under, three shots clear of Englishman Casey.

Johnson now holds a 986-point lead over nearest challenger Patrick Reed heading in to the final play-off event in a fortnight's time in Atlanta.

Rory McIlroy finished well down the field after a final round 72 left him on three-under for the tournament. However, he is safely inside the top-30 and will qualify for the season finale unlike compatriot Graeme McDowell who dropped three shots in his final five holes to narrowly miss out.

Johnson, who won the US Open earlier this summer, will now be hoping to take his strong run of form to Atlanta and then on to Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup.

"Today was a great day," he said after sealing victory.

"Paul (Casey) played really well and made it quite interesting.

"I felt like it was pretty tight all day. I got a little momentum going on the front and hit some really nice wedge shots in there on a few of them.

"Then at the 15th he rolled in a nice eagle putt and then I made one right on top of him, which I think was kind of the turning point.

"I've still got to go there and win the Tour Championship if I want to be the FedExCup champion, but I'm in a great position. I control my own destiny with the position I'm in."

Meanwhile, Casey still has a chance of winning the $10m jackpot with victory in Atlanta as a second runner-up spot in succession saw him climb to fifth in the FedExCup standings.

"I did everything I could," Casey said. "I'm holding my head up very high. It's just very satisfying to get back and play the level of golf that I know I'm capable of.

"It was fun to be making eagles against each other coming down the stretch and the kind of consolation price, although it's a pretty good one, is I'm now controlling my own destiny when I get to Atlanta.

"So though I've got no victories, it's nice to be in that top five."

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