Johnson pulls away to win St. Jude Classic

Johnson pulls away to win St. Jude Classic

He maintained his two-shot lead at the turn and then made birdies on the 13th and 16th before producing that incredible finish to his round.

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open.

"I feel like I steadied the ship a little bit after a rough start", said Putnam, who secured his card for the year with his best finish yet.

No golfer has ever won on the PGA Tour and followed by winning the US Open but Johnson sees no reason why he couldn't be the first. Defending U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka (69) was at 5 under, and Phil Mickelson (70) was at 4 under.

Johnson will be among the favourites to win the U.S. Open starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in NY and he is confident of repeating his 2016 victory in the year's second major. More importantly, he would head to Shinnecock Hills with a spring in his step for the second major championship of the year.

Not only did he best the field by six strokes at 19-under, he also closed out with a walk-off eagle on the 72nd hole. After bogeys at 12 and 13 he bounced back with birdies at 14 and 16. "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 [Sunday] and then obviously next week". He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time.

Phil Mickelson tees off from the first hole during the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind on Friday

Dustin Johnson, tuning up for the US Open and aiming to regain the world number one ranking, fired a seven-under par 63 on Friday to grab the second-round lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. "I hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of good looks at birdies".

"I have high expectations going in every week", Johnson said.

"It was a very good decision for me to come here and play and keep my game really sharp", he said.

Johnson, who had already had a four-stroke lead, holed out with a nine-iron for his second shot on the par-4 18th.

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.

Putnam, 29, is a two-time Web.com Tour victor in his second full season on the PGA Tour.


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