LOS ANGELES – In his third start after an extended leave of absence, Dustin Johnson extended the Northern Trust Open to a third playoff hole before losing to James Hahn.
Afterward, he was optimistic about what it meant for him going forward.
“It's really nice to know, especially after not playing for a little while, coming back and having to hit some clutch shots and make some putts and know that it's still there and I've got it,” he said. “I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Johnson posted a final-round 2-under 69 that put him in a playoff against Hahn and Paul Casey. After the three each made pars on the first extra hole, Johnson got up and down for a terrific birdie on the second. On the third playoff hole, though, his 15-foot birdie putt didn’t drop, giving Hahn the win.
“I hit a good putt, too. I thought I just misread it. I had it breaking right and it broke left. That's how it goes.”