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Dustin Johnson rallies to victory at Bridgestone Invitational

Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open champion, waves to fans after completing his 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Scott Piercy.

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Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open champion, waves to fans after completing his 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Scott Piercy.

AKRON, Ohio — Dustin Johnson sailed off to the Bahamas for a private celebration after winning his first major championship at the U.S. Open.

He came roaring back at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In the toughest conditions at Firestone in nearly a decade, Johnson made it look easy Sunday when he closed with 4-under 66 and rallied from a three-shot deficit against the world's No. 1 player to win another World Golf Championship.

He needed some help from Jason Day, who collapsed on the back nine. Johnson did his part, making a tough par save on the 15th hole when he got in range and sinking a 15-foot birdie on the 17th hole that made bogey at the end meaningless.

Two starts, two victories and now No. 2 in the world.

"It's the first time I've won two tournaments in a row. I mean, that's big," Johnson said after his one-shot victory over Scott Piercy.

"I'm excited and looking forward to going over to the British (Open) with the golf game in good form."

Johnson finished at 6-under 274, matching the highest winning score at this World Golf Championship event since Tiger Woods in 2005.

He looks like the player to beat at Royal Troon with a strong combination of driving, wedges and — finally — getting some putts to fall.

Day also was looking forward to the British Open, anything to take his mind off the finish. He had a one-shot lead and didn't hit a green in regulation over the last six holes. Far more damaging was the par-5 16th.

He tried to play it safe off the tee on the 655-yard hole and hooked a 3-wood into the trees. He blasted through the branches and across the fairway, getting a good break when a young fan picked up his ball because it allowed Day a free drop from behind a tree.

Then, he tried to squeeze a shot from 200 yards around the pond. It came up short and rode the collar of the bank into the water, leading to double bogey.

"I thought I had the right play," Day said. "I was just trying to hit it up there to the left, get it just left of the bunker or just in the bunker there. … Sometimes you take those risks and it doesn't pay off. So it happens, but I'm looking forward to the Open."

Day rushed over to Johnson before signing his card to congratulate him. He closed with 72 and tied for third with Jordan Spieth (67), Matt Kuchar (66) and Kevin Chappell (67).

PGA: Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev. for his first PGA title, eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event. Chalmers, 42, broke through in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory. Chalmers had a four-point round to finish with 43.

LPGA: Defending champion Brooke Henderson survived some tense moments on the back nine on the way to a four-stroke victory at the Portland (Ore.) Classic. Henderson shot 14-under 274 after a final-round 71, pulling away from Stacy Lewis, who was 10-under after 69. "I didn't really play my best (Sunday), but I hit good shots when I needed to, and I got some good breaks," Henderson said. "A weird day of golf."

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