Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Dustin Johnson reclaims world No 1 spot ahead of US Open

Dustin Johnson back to world No 1 after St Jude victory Dustin Johnson eagles final hole to win on PGA Tour, reclaim World No 1 spot
Frederick Owens | 13 June, 2018, 13:34

Johnson shot 7-under 63 for his lowest round this year and grabbed a one-stroke lead Friday after 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic.

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open.

"I feel like I'm playing really well", Johnson said.

CHASING: Well, there's really nobody technically chasing as Johnson and Putnam are five in front of everybody else.

No golfer has ever won on the PGA Tour and followed by winning the US Open but Johnson sees no reason why he couldn't be the first.

Should Johnson emerge the victor he will go back to the top of the world ranking, moving past Justin Thomas who replaced him following his win at the Players Championship.

Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis Tennessee
Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis Tennessee

World number two Johnson turned on the afterburners after a pedestrian opening nine, holing out from the fairway at his 10th hole, the par-four first, where his ball took a couple of bounces and disappeared into the cup. Putnam also collected seven birdies and a bogey. He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time. "If I play really good golf, I'm probably going to win".

Johnson had already shown off his ludicrous velocity earlier in the day by hitting a 307-yard drive with an iron on the hard par-4 10th hole. "I felt I did that pretty much all day today and hit a lot of great shots in there and had a lot of really good looks at birdies".

Snedeker, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, hadn't played this event three hours away from his home in five years and none of his eight PGA Tour victories have been at the TPC Southwind.

Dustin Johnson surged his way back to being the world's best, sinking an eagle from 155 metres out on the final hole at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Putnam, a two-time victor on the Web.com Tour, had only one bogey through his first three rounds. 15, 16 and 17, but a hiccup at the last hole dropped him to 5 under.

He had made three birdies and just one bogey as he stepped on to the final hole and in characteristically nonchalant fashion he proceeded to hole his second from 170 yards. A third-round 65 puts him in a tie for 10th at 6 under. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.

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