Johnson on top of the world after Memphis victory

  • Johnson on top of the world after Memphis victory

Johnson on top of the world after Memphis victory

Following a 308-yard tee shot, Johnson had 110 yards left to the hole.

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open. "It seems like it's been a long time even though it's just been six months (since I won)".

Even when Johnson three-putt No. 5 to drop to 15 under, Putnam also bogeyed protecting Johnson's lead at three strokes.

A victor here in 2012, Johnson is back here looking for 18th career title while tuning up for the U.S. Open he won in 2016.

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. It was his second win of the season and first since the Tournament of Champions. Teeing off in the afternoon when the wind was stronger, Nordqvist closed her bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

"It's going to feel a little different than a typical Sunday round of golf but I'm excited". He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time. "I've been swinging really well and have a lot of confidence in my game, and I played really well all week".

Johnson used his nine-iron on the last hole and promptly sunk a shot from the fairway for an eagle. "I've earned my way here", he said.

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

Shanshan Feng, at No. 4 the top-ranked player in the field, shot 69.

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.

He had won his only two previous starts at the event, the only PGA Tour wins of his career. "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".

It appears on paper as a one-sided battle but tournament golf works in unusual ways and Putnam is an emerging star with two victories on the Web.Com Tour prior to graduation to the bigger stage this year. He shot a 79 in the first round.

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.

Phil Mickelson had a 65 and was at 6 under. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.