Rain Contributes to Dustin Johnson’s Win at The Barclays





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Hurricane Irene threw itself across the Atlantic, approaching The Barclays, the first playoff event of the PGA Tour. With rain in the air, Dustin Johnson shot a 19-under-par and grabbed the 54-hole lead. Matthew Gregory Kuchar placed second, two strokes away from Dustin Johnson after leading in the opening two rounds.

The tournament might have ended after 36 holes if the rain hit it a day earlier. But, luckily for Johnson, Hurricane Irene moved away for a while just enough to hold a round and grant the 27-year-old golfer an opportunity to catch up with the leaders. Kuchar who held the lead for the first two rounds did not get along with the rain as his lead disappeared and he yielded his top spot to Matthew Kuchar.

Johnson is the second player to capture a win on the PGA Tour in each of the first four years after graduating college, with Tiger Woods being the first one.  He also moved up to number four in the world rankings.

The weather was the most predominant factor in the tournament. Despite Brandt Snedeker’s ten-under 61, Johnson managed to win.

Due to the stormy weather, the scores were not very high. Had the conditions been different, the golfers would probably manage a 30-under. And, on the other hand, the weather gave Johnson who is still in his twenties a big win.

At the age of 27, Dustin already has five titles – the most number any young American golfer has, and there are many other victories to come, judging by the statistics.