June 21, 2018

Duston Johnson back to world No 1 after Memphis win

13 June 2018, 01:32 | Joan Schultz

AP Dustin Johnson made eagle at the last to clinch the St. Jude Classic golf tournament

Dustin Johnson made eagle at the last to clinch the St. Jude Classic golf tournament

Appleby's countryman Cameron Percy had a 68 to be tied for 26th at four under while Aaron Baddeley (71) and Matt Jones (73) finished tied for 37th and 51st respectively.

"I have high expectations going into every week", Johnson said when asked about the U.S. Open. Putnam added a birdie on the seventh, but it wasn't enough to catch Johnson. And Phil Mickelson picked up some momentum heading into the U.S. Open with a Sunday 65 and a T-12 finish.

Johnson, who would reclaim the world's top ranking from Justin Thomas with a win this week, started his round on the back nine and birdied the 10th before back-to-back bogeys at Nos. He won the Tournament of Champions in January and followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach in February. "I like this golf course, and I feel like I play it well and wanted to be on top of my game going into next week, too". The way Johnson's playing, he sees no reason why he couldn't be the first.

"I knew coming in this week that I was swinging really well and had a lot of confidence in my game".

Just for good measure, Johnson holed out for eagle on the par-4 18th to win by six strokes. I'm hitting my irons well, and my wedges are really good.

Dustin Johnson waves to fans after making eagle on the 18th to win the St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour
JIM WEBER AP Dustin Johnson waves to fans after making eagle on the 18th to win the St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour

"When you're around or in the lead you can definitely feel the pressure but I like it", Johnson, 33, said.

Yokomine, the victor of 23 events on the Japan LPGA Tour, flirted with a 59 but parred the par-5 18th for a 61 to tie the course record.

Putnam, meanwhile, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, said he would take positives from the way he managed to steady his round after dropping three shots in his opening five holes. "You don't have them very often out here where the hole looks like it's the size of a beach ball and can't miss a putt". 15, 16 and 17, but a hiccup at the last hole dropped him to 5 under.

Andrew Putnam and Dustin Johnson do battle in tomorrow's final day of the FedEx St Jude Classic, the pair a massive five shots clear of 45-year old Stewart Cink at the TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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