Golf Roundup: Dustin Johnson reclaims world's top spot with St. Jude win

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

The tournament might already have been wrapped for Dustin Johnson, but that didn't stop him from putting a neat little bow on it with his final shot of the weekend.

Johnson has been dominant in multiple aspects of his game this season. "It seems like it's been a long time even though it's just been six months (since I won)". The best U.S. Open finish by a victor of the St. Jude in the same year was a tie for third by Fred Couples in 1993, when the event was conducted two weeks before the Open.

Johnson will be among the favourites to win the U.S. Open starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in NY and he is confident of repeating his 2016 victory in the year's second major. After bogeys at 12 and 13 he bounced back with birdies at 14 and 16.

"I haven't seen the golf course yet but I'll go there tomorrow and get 18 holes in and we'll see". Now he will play in the last group on the final day for the first time on the PGA Tour with Johnson.

World number two Dustin Johnson shot a superb second round of 63 to take the halfway lead at the FedEx St Jude Classic on 10 under par. "For me, playing the way I did all week, playing the way I did today knowing everything that was on the line, gives me a lot of confidence going into next week". I'm hitting my irons well, and my wedges are really good. I've earned my way here.

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

He was "this close" to back-to-back eagles - something J.B. Holmes accomplished on holes 2 and 3 on Friday with a hole out from 115 yards at 2 and an 8-foot putt on No. 3.

Johnson put an exclamation point on his victory with a hole-out eagle from the fairway from 169 yards away on the closing hole, his second such hole out of the week.

He previewed his dramatic finish on the par-5 16th.

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.

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.