FedEx St Jude Classic: DJ goes to world number one with walk-off hole-out

Last Updated June 11 2018, 08:07Golf
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson's slam-dunk eagle put the seal on a dominant St Jude Classic win that saw him regain his world number one spot.

Leaderboard

-19 Dustin Johnson

-13 Andrew Putnam

-9 JB Holmes

-9 Stewart Cink, Richy Werenski

Final day report

Dustin Johnson climbed back into the world number one spot with an emphatic victory at St Jude Classic in Memphis.

The 33-year-old is on top of the world rankings for the first time since May 13 courtesy of his tournament-winning 19-under-par score.

Johnson's second tournament win of the season tees up the American nicely for the US Open, which starts on June 14, as he's the 8/1 favourite for the tournament.

He won the 2016 edition of the US Open at Oakmont and will carry extra momentum into this year's major at Shinnecock Hills in New York.

Johnson entered the final day in a share of the lead with Andrew Putnam but was quickly handed the initiative when his fellow American made a double-bogey on the first.

He maintained his two-shot lead at the turn and then made birdies on the 13th and 16th before spectacularly holing out from 171 yards on the par-four last for an eagle and a six-shot victory.

JB Holmes finished third at nine under, a shot clear of 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink and Richy Werenski.

Day Three Report

Dustin Johnson's hopes of reclaiming the world number one spot remain on track after shooting a third round of 65 to keep hold of the lead at the St Jude Classic.

The American, who will retake the ranking ahead of next week's US Open if he posts victory in Memphis, fired six birdies - four on the back nine - and just one bogey to finish on 15-under overall.

He was forced to share his spot at the top of the leaderboard, however, after compatriot Andrew Putnam carded a superb 6-under 64 for the second round in a row.

His bogey-free round featured six birdies, including a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-4 12th.

The pair sit five shots ahead of third-placed Stewart Cink, whose round of 64 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 8th.

Richy Werenski and Wesley Bryan are a shot behind, while first-round leader Seamus Power of Ireland dropped further down the standings into joint 10th place, only managing a round of 70 to sit at six-under overall.


Sky Bet's latest odds (after rd3):

Day Two Report

World number two Dustin Johnson shot a superb second round of 63 to take the halfway lead at the FedEx St Jude Classic on 10 under par.

The 2016 US Open champion made a slow start to his round after beginning on the back nine, wasting an opening birdie with dropped shots at the 12th and 13th holes, but righted the ship with a long birdie putt at the next and picked up another at the par-five 16th.

He holed out from 110 yards for eagle at the first and came within inches of repeating the feat at the next, settling for one of four birdies in a blistering second nine.

Winning the tournament would take Johnson back ahead of Justin Thomas as world number one going into the US Open and his efforts earned him a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam.

Blaum redeemed a bogey at the first with seven birdies in a 64 and Putnam matched that effort as both seek a first win on the PGA Tour.

First-round leader Seamus Power of Ireland followed up an opening 65 with a 69, including a double bogey on the par-4 ninth.

Two-time Ryder Cup player Brandt Snedeker was three off the lead at seven under, one ahead of Chez Reavie with Brooks Koepka a further shot back.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson was four under after two birdies in his last three holes.


Sky Bet's latest odds (after rd2):


Day one report

Ireland's Seamus Power birdied the final hole of his opening round to lead the FedEx St Jude Classic, but Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are lurking close behind.

Power's sole professional victory so far came at the demanding Victoria National, and he again showed his love for a challenge by shooting 65 at TPC Southwind.

Despite struggling to find fairways, Power's precision iron play unlocked six birdies to go with just one bogey and while it appeared for some time that his score would be surpassed, at the end of day one he was alone in the lead.

One back is US Open champion Koepka, who defends that title next week and continued his ideal preparation in a round of 66 which included four birdies in succession.

Johnson's progress was halted with a double-bogey at the ninth hole and he appeared set to take a further step in the wrong direction when his approach to the 12th barely cleared the water.

But playing his third shot with one foot submerged, Johnson chipped in to change the course of his round and eventually signed for a three-under 67, just one shy of the pick of the afternoon rounds.

Power's compatriot Padraig Harrington shot two-under along with former Open champion Retief Goosen, while Phil Mickelson is among a group on four-under and tied for second, one which also includes Steve Stricker.

Shane Lowry struggled to a two-over round of 72 along with European Tour regular Kiradech Aphibarnrat while star amateur Braden Thornberry, who made a name for himself with a top-10 finish here a year ago, shot 73.

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