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DJ returns to world number one after Boston demolition job

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I Dreamed a Dream*

'It feels as if we have forsaken this beautiful game. We haven’t. We’ve just been biding our time under a swell of anger. Who among us has not practised a swing with nothing in our empty hands but hope?'

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'My hope is that we’ll be playing golf again next week, and that those funnelling into green spaces with nowhere else to go will be given a few more options'

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'Certain factions of the media take great pleasure in the portrayal of Dustin – and brother and caddie Austin on occasion – as being a little dim witted at best, and downright dumb at worst. This is a particular pet hate'

So Rory, where did it all go wrong?

Net worth of over $100million, four Majors, fourth best golfer in the world and on his Christmas holidays in mid-November, all at 31 years young. Still, no green jacket

Dustin Johnson has reclaimed his place atop golf’s world rankings after destroying the field at the Northern Trust around TPC Boston.

The American put in an astonishing four-round display, signing off with an eight-under par 63 for a 30-under par total, the joint-lowest 72-hole tally in PGA Tour history.

In the end, Johnson found himself 11 shots clear of a flailing chasing pack headed by Harris English and was left to reflect, not just on his 22nd PGA Tour win but his return to the summit of golf’s world rankings for the first time since May 2019.

“This week, I got my form back I think, and hopefully it’s good when it’s the same for all four days,” Johnson said.

“Obviously I’ve had some tournaments where I play good a couple rounds but not four straight rounds. So that obviously feels really good, and I feel like the putting is starting to come around and I’m starting to roll the putter really nicely.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the golf swing right now, so I’m really looking forward to these next couple weeks.”

Johnson will head to this week’s BMW Championship as golf’s top dog and although he may omit the ultimate laissez-faire attitude, his new ranking is not just something he’s proud to hold, but something he wants to maintain for many months to come.

“Of course it does [mean something],” he added. “It’s something that I’m very proud of is to be No. 1 in the world, and I’d like to stay there for a little while.

“Obviously it’s been jumping around a bunch here the last few months, but you know, the last time I was No. 1, I think I stayed there for quite some time, and that’s another goal of mine is just to see how long I can stay at No. 1.”

In the end it proved an all-American first five home in Boston with English (-19) followed  closely by Daniel Burger (-18), while Kevin Kisner and Scottie Scheffler were locked together a shot further behind at 17-under par.

Spain’s Jon Rahm top-scored from a European perspective in a tie for 6th at minus-16.

Full scoring HERE

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