FED EX CUP PLAYOFFS / Dustin Johnson beats Jordan Spieth in thrilling playoff

Dustin Johnson has won the first leg of the four Fed Ex Cup playoff tournaments with a thrilling sudden-death playoff victory over Jordan Spieth.

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth were tied at 13-under par after 72-holes at the NORTHERN TRUST event; four shots clear of their nearest rivals. So both players headed back up the 18th hole at Glen Oaks Club in New York to decide the tournament with a sudden-death playoff.

Juts one extra hole was needed after Johnson nailed this 95-yard wedge to set up a birdie putt. After Spieth made his par, Johnson knocked in the birdie for victory.

Both Johnson and Spieth made thrilling par saving putts late in the round to make the playoff. Spieth finally made a putt on the 17th to save par and keep share of the lead.

Johnson managed to sneak his golf ball into the hole for par on the final hole to with a putt that looked like missing the whole way.

Jason Day finished as the best of the Australians, closing with a 3-under par 67 and to finish in a tie for sixth place.

With the field now cut to the top-100 players on the Fed Ex Cup points rankings, Geoff Ogilvy will miss the cut after only managing to climb eight places from 116th to 108th after finishing in a tie for 40th at the NORTHERN TRUST.

Rod Pampling, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman will all progress to the next Fed Ex Cup playoffs tournament, the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston this week.

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