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2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational results: Dustin Johnson keeps it rolling at Firestone

The U.S. Open champion wins his second straight and starts a two-major month as the hottest player in the world.

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We might be in the middle of what will be known as the summer of DJ. Over the past two years, we've seen transcendent talents own an entire season with a couple months of dominant play. The Summer of Rory gave way to the Spring of Spieth, and now another player known for his immeasurable and not fully realized talent may be taking over during the most condensed schedule these players will ever go through.

Dustin Johnson backed up his first major championship win two weeks ago with his third WGC title, taking the Bridgestone Invitational from Jason Day with an all-world Sunday 66. That 4-under round was good enough to edge Scott Piercy by a shot and Day, who was up on DJ by three at the start of the round, by three.

Johnson has always had as much talent as anyone in the game and has put up extremely impressive numbers over his career. But you always felt like he was still leaving a lot on the table given his ability. That first major will probably not "open the floodgates" -- DJ probably doesn't care or operate like that, but it's a narrative you'll get over the next month with two more majors and the Olympics in a manic sprint through the second half of the summer.

In that same vein, that U.S. Open win two weeks ago probably didn't impact him or his approach much this week. Sunday was just trademark DJ stuff -- bombing away, strong wedge game, and then getting some putts to fall to capitalize on those two big aforementioned advantages. DJ went out in 33, made the turn, and then didn't make a mistake until the last hole of the tournament. A birdie on the 17th would end up being the difference between he and Piercy, as DJ poured one in from 16 feet to send a roar through Firestone.

DJ is not a bad putter, by any measure. He's above average. It's just that nothing in his game compares to watching him rip it off the tee, so somehow the other parts are framed as "weaknesses." It's facile and inaccurate and a little too common. In addition to several clutch birdie putts on Sunday, DJ was damn near perfect from inside 10 feet all week -- the distances where a weak putter is supposed to "choke."

The world No. 1 aided DJ's back-to-back quest, to say the least. Day threw up on himself on the back nine, which is completely out of line with everything we've seen from him this season. It got especially ugly on the par-5 16th, a monster 667-yard hole where Day should have a bit of an advantage thanks to the driver. But the Aussie instead pulled a 3-wood, a club he said back at The Players was the one in the bag with which he was "uncomfortable."

Day yanked the 3-wood way left, punched through a thick pine tree across the fairway, and then ran one into the water in front of the green. The end result was a double bogey, which is an inexcusable score for a player with Day's length on any par-5, even one of the longest on Tour.

DJ had already made his move and might have won it even without that Day mess, but that made it academic in the final 20 minutes at Firestone.

Now DJ heads to Troon in two weeks for The Open, and then Baltusrol for the PGA Championship two weeks after that. He was already one of the three or four elite talents in the world, and it's, uh, not a bad time to be on a hot streak and closing at the game's biggest events.

Here are your final results from Akron:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Dustin Johnson -6 69 73 66 66 274
2 Scott Piercy -5 69 69 67 70 275
T3 Matt Kuchar -3 69 72 70 66 277
T3 Jordan Spieth -3 68 71 71 67 277
T3 Kevin Chappell -3 71 70 69 67 277
T3 Jason Day -3 67 69 69 72 277
T7 William McGirt -2 64 74 70 70 278
T7 Charl Schwartzel -2 72 69 67 70 278
T7 David Lingmerth -2 70 67 69 72 278
T10 Zach Johnson E 72 74 69 65 280
T10 Rickie Fowler E 68 73 72 67 280
T10 Adam Scott E 71 68 73 68 280
T10 Branden Grace E 69 72 71 68 280
T14 Bubba Watson 1 72 69 70 70 281
T14 Emiliano Grillo 1 67 71 71 72 281
T16 Paul Casey 2 70 72 72 68 282
T16 Matt Jones 2 74 70 69 69 282
T16 Kevin Kisner 2 69 70 72 71 282
T16 Jimmy Walker 2 67 73 71 71 282
T16 Brian Stuard 2 71 69 67 75 282
T21 Chris Kirk 3 75 69 73 66 283
T21 George Coetzee 3 71 72 71 69 283
T21 Louis Oosthuizen 3 71 76 67 69 283
T21 Young-han Song 3 70 70 72 71 283
T21 Brandt Snedeker 3 70 72 70 71 283
T21 Kyung-tae Kim 3 74 67 70 72 283
T27 J.B. Holmes 4 73 73 71 67 284
T27 Phil Mickelson 4 73 70 73 68 284
T27 Harris English 4 69 73 74 68 284
T27 Jim Herman 4 73 73 70 68 284
T27 Smylie Kaufman 4 75 68 71 70 284
T27 Kevin Na 4 71 69 71 73 284
T33 Anirban Lahiri 5 68 74 73 70 285
T33 Charley Hoffman 5 68 73 72 72 285
T33 Justin Thomas 5 70 69 70 76 285
T36 Shane Lowry 6 76 72 70 68 286
T36 Billy Hurley III 6 69 75 69 73 286
T38 Vaughn Taylor 7 69 75 74 69 287
T38 Bill Haas 7 74 72 71 70 287
T38 Marcus Fraser 7 73 73 69 72 287
41 James Hahn 8 75 72 72 69 288
T42 Hideki Matsuyama 9 70 79 73 67 289
T42 Andrew Johnston 9 70 78 72 69 289
T42 Soren Kjeldsen 9 72 76 70 71 289
T42 Jim Furyk 9 74 72 70 73 289
T46 Nathan Holman 10 77 73 71 69 290
T46 Fabian Gomez 10 74 73 72 71 290
T46 Justin Rose 10 69 76 73 72 290
T49 Michio Matsumura 12 79 74 70 69 292
T49 Byeong-Hun An 12 76 71 71 74 292
51 Jason Dufner 13 71 76 72 74 293
52 Patrick Reed 14 74 75 69 76 294
53 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 15 70 76 77 72 295
54 Russell Knox 16 74 75 75 72 296
55 Marc Leishman 20 76 72 75 77 300
56 Danny Lee 21 78 71 78 74 301
57 Yosuke Tsukada 24 78 78 73 75 304
58 Steven Bowditch 28 82 72 80 74 308