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Published: 09:24 | 4/7/16

Johnson prevails at Firestone


Dustin Johnson has added the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to his recent win in the US Open.

Johnson started the final day three strokes behind joint-leaders Jason Day and Scott Piercy but a second successive 66 saw take control of the event at Firestone Country Club and the US Open champion went on to claim his second win in as many outings.

A birdie at the second was cancelled out by a bogey at the third, but he was two-under for the day by the seventh after back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth.

He picked up further shots at the 13th and 14th to move into a share of the lead and a birdie three at the par-four 17th saw him move to the top of the leaderboard for the first time.

He clipped the branch of a tree with his approach to the last and he had to settle for a bogey, but it was to prove enough as his rivals faltered on the closing stretch.

"I definitely drove it better than I have in years past, and around this golf course it’s very important to drive it well. The fairways are narrow and the rough is deep,” Johnson said. “The driver was definitely the biggest improvement.”

Piercy reached the turn in level par before he mixed three birdies with three bogeys on the back nine to sign for a level-par 70 to leave him five-under, one stroke behind Johnson.

Day, meanwhile, looked to be closing in on victory when he moved two clear with a chip-in for eagle off the second green. He bounced back from a bogey at the ninth with a birdie three at the tenth to maintain his advantage over the field, but four dropped shots in his final four holes proved to be his undoing.

He joined Johnson on six-under when he took two putts on the 15th before finding the hazard on the 16th on his way to a double bogey. He needed an eagle on the 18th to force a play-off but the Australian instead landed in the trees on his way to a bogey to leave him in a share of third alongside Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Chappell.

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