Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Johnson on top of the world after Memphis victory

Johnson on top of the world after Memphis victory

"What a cool way to end the day", Johnson said.

Dustin Johnson reclaimed the world number one ranking he lost less than a month ago by winning the FedEx St Jude Classic in Tennessee on Sunday.

"I haven t seen the golf course yet but I ll go there tomorrow and get 18 holes in and we ll see".

Andrew Putnam started the final round with a share of the lead for the first time in his career. He finished bogey-free on the day and one shot back of his personal best on Tour, a 9-under 61 at the Wyndham Championship in 2015. He won by six (and it never really felt that close).

Phil Mickelson tees off from the first hole during the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind on Friday
Dustin Johnson eagles final hole to win on PGA Tour, reclaim World No 1 spot

Johnson finished the tournament with a four-round aggregate 261, 19 under par.

Johnson and Thomas, who is not in the field this week, will join Tiger Woods for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Shinnecock Hills in NY.

At least until his final dramatic shot.

His playing partner will be Dustin Johnson, who's already won once this year and needs his 18th career victory to reclaim his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer.

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"When you're around or in the lead you can definitely feel the pressure but I like it", Johnson, 33, said. I know if I can drive it in the fairway I'm going to give myself a good look for birdie.

Topping his walk-off eagle won't be easy. He bounced right back by rolling in a 21-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 14. Johnson said the course and not playing only four times in April and May combined prompted his decision to play here before going to Shinnecock Hills.

J.B. Holmes (67) was third, 10 shots off the victor at nine under. Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) tied at eight-under. Brandt Snedeker (70) and Retief Goosen (66) tied four others at seven under.

Brooks Koepka, a week before defending his U.S. Open title, carded 69 to slip five strokes behind, while Phil Mickelson (70) fell six adrift. He pushed his opening tee shot into the right rough and his approach in the rough left of the green.

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Nordqvist won the 54-hole event in 2015 and 2016 on Stockton Seaview's Bay Course and finished second past year.

Holding a two-shot lead on the 12th hole, Johnson appeared to be on the verge of letting Putnam back into the tournament when his putt from 54 feet came up 15 feet short of the hole.

Johnson hit an iron 307 yards off the tee at No. 10. Instead, he rolled in the putt to keep his lead, and birdied the 13th to increase it to three.

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