The final leaderboard for the 2016 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Illinois is in. Dustin Johnson cruised to his third win of the season, three shots clear of runner-up Paul Casey, who also finished solo second last week at the Deutsche Bank. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:
(1) Dustin Johnson (-23)
(2) Paul Casey (-20)
(3) Roberto Castro (-17)
(T4) Charl Schwartzel (-12)
(T4) Ryan Palmer (-12)
(T4) Adam Scott (-12)
(T4) Matt Kuchar (-12)
(T4) J.B Holmes (-12)
(9) Jordan Spieth (-11)
(T10) Daniel Berger (-10)
(T10) Billy Horschel (-10)
(T10) Chris Kirk (-10)
Here are some statistics on the champion and other notables near the top of the leaderboard:
Winner: Dustin Johnson (-23) – This marks Johnson’s third win (his last at the WGC-Bridgestone in June) and 13th top 10 finish of the 15-16 season. He won this event previously in 2010 at a different golf course, Cog Hill. He now has over 5000 points in the FedExCup, almost 1000 more than than No. 2 Patrick Reed. Johnson had put a new putter into play before the start of the first round, one that he said has been really good to him all week. This performance comes off the heels of a T8 at last week’s Deutsche Bank and a T18 at the previous week’s Barclays. Notably, he has improved every week, and one can only assume that he’ll probably be in the thick of contention once again at the TOUR Championship. Previous results at the BMW Championship for Johnson include a T7 in 2015, T62 in 2013 (DNP in 2014), T6 in 2012, T65 in 2011 and a win in 2010. At this point I’d say Johnson is most likely to be holding the FedExCup two weeks from now, but time will tell of course. He will be a strong candidate for Player of the Year honours whether he wins anything else this season or not.
Final round: 6 birdies, 3 bogeys and an eagle for a 5-under 67. After two consecutive bogeys early in the round on 2 and 3, it looked like it might be Casey and Johnson duking it out for the lead; a run of four birdies in the next five holes, however, put him firmly back out in front. He never was in danger of getting caught from that point on, thanks in part to a clutch eagle on 15. Scores in regulation: 67, 63, 68, 67 (265).
Paul Casey (-20) – This is Casey’s second straight runner-up finish on Tour. Man, was my feeling last week close to becoming reality or what? That’s some decent intuition there, I think.
Final round: 4 birdies, an eagle and a bogey for a 5-under 67. Casey could never catch Johnson despite draining a 25-foot eagle on 15. Scores in regulation: 67, 66, 68, 67 (268).
Roberto Castro (-17) – Castro’s strong performance this week will get him into East Lake at the TOUR Championship for the second time in his career (in 2013 he finished T9 there). He remains winless on Tour, although he does have 5 eGolf Pro Tour wins and a Georgia Open (2009) under his belt. I think this guy’s time is soon; whether it’s at the TOUR Championship, next year or the year after that, it looks like he’s too good not to win eventually.
Final round: 4 birdies, an eagle and a bogey (coincidentally the same numbers as Casey — the top 3 all shot 67) for a 5-under 67. He notably holed out from the seventh fairway 160 yards out. Scores in regulation: 65, 65, 74, 67 (271).