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Johnson takes playoff opener

EDISON, N.J. - Dustin Johnson beat the rain and everyone else Saturday at The Barclays to win the PGA Tour's opening playoff event. Johnson shot a 29 on the front nine of rain-softened Plainfield Country Club for the second straight day and closed with a 6-under 65 to pull away from Matt Kuchar for a two-shot victory. The Barclays was reduced to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene, and there was as much drama in the sky as on the course. Kuchar started the third and final round with a one-shot lead. If the round could not be completed because of too much rain, the tournament would have reverted to 36 holes and Kuchar would have been declared the winner. The rain came down hard right after Johnson holed a bunker shot for eagle on the fourth hole. But it held off just long enough for him to collect his first win of the year and fifth of his career.
Johnson, who moves to No. 4 in the world, is the first player since Tiger Woods to go straight from college and win in each of his first four years on the PGA Tour. Johnson, who finished at 19-under 194, wasn't the only big winner. Ian Poulter birdied four of his last five holes for a 64, making him one of eight players who moved inside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings and advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston. LPGA: Defending champion Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 68 at the Canadian Women's Open for a share of the third-round lead with Ai Miyazato and Tiffany Joh. The winner last year at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wie is trying to become the first player to win the championship two years in a row since Pat Bradley in 1985-86. Joh had a 65, and Miyazato shot a 71 to match Wie at 12-under 204 at Hillsdale Golf Club in Mirabel, Quebec. Angela Stanford (66) and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (69) were a stroke back, and Cristie Kerr (69). CHAMPIONS: Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead in the Boeing Classic. Calcavecchia, winless in 30 career starts in two seasons on the 50-and-over tour, matched Kenny Perry (68), Jeff Sluman (70) and Russ Cochran (71) at 7 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Bob Gilder (69), Chip Beck (69) and Chien Soon Lu (69) were 5 under. Defending champion Bernhard Langer (73) was 3 under. Fred Couples, the hometown star coming off a victory last weekend in the Seniors Players Championship, shot a 69 to reach 2 under.
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