DJ closes out St. Jude with hole-out eagle

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2018

"I have high expectations going into every week", Johnson said when asked about the U.S. Open.

"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.

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

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.

And he did it with a walk-off eagle on the 18th hole from the middle of the fairway to claim his 18th PGA Tour title by six shots.

"I was a little flat starting the day - I couldn't really get anything going", Johnson explained.

"Statistically, you feel like you should have made holes in one all the time out here as much as you play but they don't come around very often", the 2009 British Open champion said.

With a healthy lead and noone able to put pressure on the leader, Johnson recovered from finding trees off the 16th tee to make birdie before holing out from a 169-yards with a nine iron for eagle at the last.

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

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

"I'm rolling it down the line I'm looking", Johnson said.

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

Putnam was bogey free in his round of 64 and although a previous member of the PGA Tour in 2015 he was required to return to the Web.Com Tour and now appears to be finding his feet at this level.

"It obviously went pretty well", said Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champ.

It appears on paper as a one-sided battle but tournament golf works in odd ways and Putnam is an emerging star with two victories on the Web.Com Tour prior to graduation to the bigger stage this year. John Daly withdrew before the second 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.

Dustin Johnson is back as world No 1going into this week's US Open after reclaiming the mantle with an emphatic victory in Memphis on Sunday night.

Luke List plays in the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

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