Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Johnson grabs PGA St. Jude lead

Dustin Johnson cruised to a six-shot victory at the Fedex Dustin Johnson cruised to a six-shot victory at the Fedex
Rita Gibson | 13 June, 2018, 13:32

The win is Johnson's second of the year and continued a season in which he's made the top 20 in all but one of the 10 official PGA Tour events he's entered. "It was nice to finish like that and get it back".

"I feel like I steadied the ship a little bit after a rough start", he said.

"Winning this week, I think, is a bigger confidence booster than being number one in the world", he said.

Johnson and Putnam were tied for the lead at 15 under after the third round and were five strokes clear of the rest of the field.

"It means a lot", Johnson said of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking.

Andrew Putnam started the final round with a share of the lead for the first time in his career. He double bogeyed the opening hole and then bogeyed the fifth.

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Johnson shot a four-under 66 on Sunday to finish 19 under for his second PGA Tour victory this year and 18th of his career. "I'm really looking forward to next week". "Dustin obviously played pretty solid and I definitely learned from these experiences".

Johnson tied Tiger Woods for the most wins since 2008 (18) and his second St. Jude win was his ninth since the beginning of 2016. He was swinging without pressure when he stood over his shot in the light rough to the right of the 18th fairway, and hit the ideal shot to finish off the win. "I just need to go out there and have a good mind-set and just get ready for the weekend for the final couple of groups". I felt like I putted better this week, but I really hit the ball well.

"I really like this golf course because you have to focus on every shot".

Shane Lowry ended the tournament three shots further back as he closed with a 70, while Padraig Harrington shot 71 and finished tied 56th on two-over. Brandt Snedeker sits alone in sixth place at 7 under after delivering a 62, the low round of the day and one shot off the course record at TPC Southwind. 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.

Mickelson headed a group of six golfers finishing in 12th at 6 under.

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