Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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DJ wins St. Jude, reclaims No. 1 ranking

DJ wins St. Jude, reclaims No. 1 ranking

"I'm rolling it down the line I'm looking", Johnson said. "What a cool way to end the day - to hole out that shot on 18". "Obviously a lot of good things happened this week". I know if I can drive it in the fairway that I'm going to give myself a good look for birdie.

Johnson, 33, has won 17 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2016 U.S. Open, while Putnam's thin resume pales by comparison, with nothing higher than a top-five finish in 43 career starts.

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

"I feel like I'm playing really well", said Johnson, who lost the number one ranking to Justin Thomas last month after reigning for 64 straight weeks. "It was a lot of fun out there today". Putnam's solitary birdie of the round came two holes later to narrow the gap to two shots, but he wouldn't come any closer than that for the remainder of the round.

"I can kind of control my own destiny", Johnson said.

Putnam's challenge wilted after a disastrous double-bogey on the par-four first which left Johnson with sole possession of the lead. Sometimes those par putts are just as big if not bigger than the birdie putts.

Johnson also had a 63 in the second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC last October to kick off this season. Instead, he rolled in the putt to keep his lead, and birdied the 13th to increase it to three.

That's the ideal way to cap off a win.

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. Brandt Snedeker (70) and Retief Goosen (66) tied four others at 7 under. 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.

Phil Mickelson plays in the second round during the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind on Friday, June 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

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