Johnson reclaims No. 1 ranking with St. Jude win

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2018

Johnson finished with a flourish when his 171-yard second shot on the par-four 18th found the bottom of the cup, sending the crowd at the TPC Southwind in Memphis into a frenzy on a sweltering day.

Although Putnam went bogey free for the final 13 holes, he was unable to match Johnson's brilliance and finished on 13 under par.

"It was nice to be in the hunt again, to have the lead and to get the juices flowing", Johnson said.

J.B. Holmes had five birdies and two bogeys for a final round 67 to end in third place.

CHAMPIONS: In Des Moines, Iowa, Tom Lehman shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic. "Normally you have to drive it really well to succeed here but my iron shots have been good when I've been in the fairway and I've managed myself out of the rough really well".

But what we do know heading into the U.S. Open on Thursday is this: We know who not to bet against.

"I've got a lot of confidence in the golf game right now", he said on Saturday. Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) tied at eight-under.

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Phil Mickelson had a 65 on Sunday and was at six under in a tie for 12th in a group which included Australian Stuart Appleby, who closed with a 69.

Putnam, a two-time victor on the Web.com Tour, had only one bogey through his first three rounds but never recovered after his poor opening hole, which included a three putt.

Johnson will be traveling light to Long Island, unburdened by anything remotely negative that might impair his ability to win a second U.S. Open.

Johnson worked on keeping the ball in the fairway, hitting 3-wood off the tee on the first of the course's two par 5s.

"I felt like I struggled quite a bit with the putter the last three or four events".

"I've got a lot of control of my golf ball and that's what you're looking for going into any week but, yeah, especially going into tomorrow and then obviously next week". And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt. He pushed his opening tee shot into the right rough and his approach in the rough left of the green. He chipped to 5 feet and birdied for a four-stroke lead.

Johnson will now head to NY to begin his search for a second major championship at the U.S. Open hosted by Shinnecock Hills.

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