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'Good' play not enough for runner-up DJ once again

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"Totally gutted I had to WD from our national championship. Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully just a short recovery. #OhCanada" - on withdrawing from the Canadian Open with a hand injury  - 

LOS ANGELES – Dustin Johnson was left waiting back stage again hoping for a curtain that never came.

With a 5-under-par 66 Sunday at the Northern Trust Open, Johnson was the leader in the clubhouse at Riviera Country with Bubba Watson still on the course trying to close out a victory.

With Watson taking a one-shot lead to the 18th tee, Johnson waited, knowing a bogey would get him into a playoff. Watson, however, birdied the last.

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A week ago, Johnson closed another Sunday strong at Pebble Beach, where he waited and watched Jimmy Walker hold on to beat him by a shot.

That’s back-to-back second-place finishes for Johnson.

“I'm playing good,” Johnson said. “Not playing great but I'm playing good, solid.”

Johnson didn’t make a bogey on Sunday at Riviera, but neither did Watson, who closed with a pair of weekend 64s.

“When you shoot 14 under on a weekend, that’s tough to beat,” Johnson said.

In four starts this wraparound season, Johnson has one victory, two second-place finishes and a tie for sixth.