Dustin Johnson never looked back after a course record 63 in the second round on his way to take the BMW Championship winning 3 shots better than Paul Casey. For the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs the reigning U.S. Open Champion Johnson was clearly the dominant player over the Pete Dye designed Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. This win moves him to first in FedEx Cup points, taking over from Patrick Reed as the top 30 now take a break for one week before going to the fourth and final playoff event at East Lake Country Club outside Atlanta.
D.J. plays all TaylorMade Golf equipment and had some absolutely masterful stats for the week that included the $1.53 million winner’s check. With a couple of exceptions, his BMW win was with the same clubs as he played in June at the U.S. Open, changing out only the driver and putter.
Rather than the TaylorMade M1 model from his Open win he used a M1 Special Edition driver posting a remarkable driving average of 319.3 yards for the week over a course that had been pounded by several inches of rain causing weather delays on Thursday and Friday. The M1 Special Edition has the same features as the regular model M1 but with patriotic color changes such as substituting blue for the black on the crown and making the adjustable hosel red. DJ had his set at 10.5-degrees with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft and D4 swingweight.
The other club that was different from his Open win and caused much comment was his putter. Johnson has always used a traditional blade and won the Open with a Scotty Cameron Prototype. The switch to a TMaG Spider Limited mallet style came after playing two rounds the week before at the Deutsche Bank Championship with Jason Day who uses one. Upon arrival at Crooked Stick DJ asked the TaylorMade technicians for one similar but with a black finish instead of the red Day has on his. After a brief trial Wednesday, Johnson liked the new putter so much he put into his bag for Thursday’s opening round.
And it worked – not only on Friday for DJ’s course record 63 but for the entire week finishing with 7.307 strokes gained putting. The specifications for the black finish Spider Limited itsy bitsy model are 35 inches, 2.5-degrees loft, 69-degree lie angle and an 80/20 Pure Roll face insert.
The rest of Johnson’s bag:
Fairway woods: M1 17- and 19-degrees with Aldila RIP Alpha 90X shafts
Irons: Tour Preferred MB (2014 model) 3-iron through pitching wedge with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: 52- and 60-degree loft Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind with KBS Tour Wedge 130X Black Nickel shafts
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X (all with the number 1 imprint)
Not only does DJ lead the FedEx points standing going into the finals at East Lake he is the season’s money leader with over $9 million so far going into the Tour Championship.