LAKE FOREST, Ill. —
Steve Stricker, who played in the final group with Johnson, was one shot off the lead when he started the back nine bogey-double bogey. He closed with a 72, a round that cost him one of the top five seeds.
Furyk had company in his misery.
Matt Jones of Australia had a chance to get to the Tour Championship — which, in effect, would have put him in the four majors next year — but his 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole hit the lip. That cost him a spot in the top 30.
Harris English was at No. 28 and might have caught the worst break of them all. In a driving rain Sunday, he lost the grip on his tee shot and pulled it into grass so thick the ball was never found. The horn to stop play sounded a minute later, and English went back out Monday morning to No. 8 to play his third shot on the par 5. He wound up with a double bogey, never found momentum and fell out of the top 30 by two shots.
Lee Westwood also fell out of the Tour Championship with a poor week.
Johnson put his postseason in jeopardy by skipping the opening FedEx Cup playoff event to attend his brother’s wedding. He was at No. 27 before he arrived for the BMW Championship and started the week just wanting to make sure he was in Atlanta.
He did that and more, giving him 10 wins in his 10 years on the PGA Tour.
“I’m going to have to forget about this week, take Atlanta for Atlanta and just play,” Johnson said. “East Lake is not Conway Farms. It’s a beast. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and just be thankful.”
Johnson finished at 16-under 268 and earned $1.44 million, pushing his career earnings just past $30 million.