Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, who are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the world ranking and in the FedEx Cup standings, will renew their rivalry in the final pairing at East Lake Golf Club
If golf fans didn’t get enough of Dustin Johnson vs. Jon Rahm over the weekend, they should prepare for an encore.
Johnson and Rahm, who are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively in the Official World Golf Ranking and in the FedEx Cup standings, will be paired together for the first round of the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship, which begins Friday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. They will tee off No. 1 at 2:20 p.m. EDT in the last of 15 twosomes (tee times). The 72-hole tournament concludes on Labor Day.
Rahm one-upped Johnson in dramatic fashion Sunday to win the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, sinking a 66-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. The theatrics came just minutes after Johnson had holed a 43-foot birdie snake of his own to force overtime. Just one week earlier, Johnson had won the Northern Trust, the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events, by a whopping 11 strokes when he blitzed TPC Boston in 30 under par.
Johnson will start the Tour Championship at 10 under and two strokes ahead of Rahm under the PGA Tour’s weighted scoring system. The 30-man Tour Championship field will divvy up a $60 million bonus pool, with $15 million going to the season champion. But as Mike Purkey wrote in Tuesday’s Morning Read, the Tour’s “gimmick” could produce a confusing result.
In Friday’s first round, at least, we might get a bit more clarity in the Johnson-vs.-Rahm heavyweight showdown.
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