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One by one, Dustin Johnson had seen other elite players overtake him in the world rankings, slowly pushing him to a back burner in the conversation about who is the best player in golf. Last week, the former world No. 1 fell out of the top five for the first time in four years.
The fall was brief.
Johnson announced he is back in a big way, winning the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on Sunday. He thus climbed from No. 6 to No. 3, returning the favor to three golfers who had bypassed him: Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson.
Just six days past his 36th birthday, Johnson won for the first time in 16 months to extend his streak for capturing a tournament to 13 seasons, fourth on the all-time list. The other three? Arnold Palmer (17), Jack Nicklaus (17) and Tiger Woods (14). Not too shabby.
Johnson said in his post-tournament news conference that a while back he had strained a tendon in his surgically-repaired knee. He hadn't played much before the PGA Tour season was shut down – this was only his seventh start all season – and admittedly barely played during the break. But he said he was working hard of late and it showed, especially on the weekend.
After opening with a 1-under 69 that left him outside the cutline, Johnson shifted into overdrive with a 64, a career-best 61 and a closing 67 to fend of pesky Kevin Streelman