Golf fans in Myrtle Beach are anxiously awaiting results for FedEx Cup points. Former Myrtle Beach resident and Coastal Carolina alumnus, Dustin Johnson enters the Tour Championship second in FedEx Cup points to Webb Simpson. A win in a field of 30 players would mean $1.44 million for Johnson in the $8 million event, plus a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup playoffs and points championship.
He’s won five times, earned more than $13.4 million in 99 tournaments and has signed several lucrative sponsorship agreements, including a new multi-year, likely multi-million-dollar extension with TaylorMade-adidas that will be formally announced in the coming days.
Only the top five players in points entering today’s opening round – Simpson, Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar – are guaranteed the $10 million bonus with a win.
If Johnson finishes in the top three, only players inside the top nine can surpass him in points and he still would have a mathematical chance of winning the points title with a sixth-place finish.
Johnson’s position is based on his win in the first of four playoff events, The Barclays, combined with the strength of his 2011 season. He was 19th in points entering the playoffs.
He finished 42nd in the second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and tied for 65th at 14-over-par 298 on Sunday in the 70-player BMW Championship. Johnson opened with a 5-over-par 76 and played four over-par rounds last week, closing with a 77 after his focus had already turned to East Lake.
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