Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Putnam, Johnson turn St. Jude into two-man race

Putnam, Johnson turn St. Jude into two-man race

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open. "I didn't really have it today, but I was able to close out the round with a couple of birdies to get it back to even". I've earned my way here.

The eagle put Johnson at 4 under for the day and 19 under for the tournament.

Johnson finished third in the Memorial and fifth in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in the run-up to his victory in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

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Brooks Koepka, a week before defending his U.S. Open title, carded 69 to slip five strokes behind, while Phil Mickelson (70) fell six adrift.

With the victory at TPC Southwind wrapped up, Johnson is now again the top player in the World Golf Rankings.

Snedeker birdied four of his first seven holes and then three of his final four, including a 14-inch tap-in at the 18th.

"It's going to feel a little different than a typical Sunday round of golf but I'm excited".

Dustin Johnson made eagle at the last to clinch the St. Jude Classic golf tournament.

Johnson faces a battle to keep hold of the berth at the season's second major, with Thomas and England's Justin Rose intent on usurping him.

Last week, he tied for eighth in the Memorial and followed with a victory in Memphis.

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"I feel like my game is in good shape", he said.

"I'm swinging the club well".

"I hit a lot of great shots in there, had a lot of good looks at birdie".

"I mean winning this week, I think is bigger confidence booster than being number one in the world", Johnson added. 12 and 13 after hitting into the rough.

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

His round really clicked into gear after making the turn.

Johnson shot 4-under par in the final round to secure his second win on the PGA Tour this year and the 18th of his career.

At the 490-yard par-4 17th, Bryan reached the green in 3 and sunk a 31-foot putt saving par. Johnson saved par with a 7-footer after chipping out of the bunker on No. 8.

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. He wound up three-putting for double bogey.

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.

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