Dustin Johnson shoots 63 to take one-shot lead in Memphis

Doug Mendoza
June 13, 2018

It was a David and Goliath scenario, and - unlike the original tale - there was no upset this time around.

Dustin Johnson reclaimed the top spot in the world ranking Sunday with a six-shot victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Johnson holed out a sand wedge from 111 yards on the par-4 No. 1 for eagle and almost holed out again on No. 2 from 114 yards, tapping in from 9 inches for birdie.

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

"What a cool way to end the day to hole that shot on 18", Johnson said. "I hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of good looks at birdies".

Johnson won his first major title at the 2016 U.S. Open and was a runaway world number one heading into last April's Masters, only to bruise his back when he fell down stairs on tournament eve.

Ricky Werenski got to 10 under but bogeyed No. 18 to finish with a 68.

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

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"I had a lot of fun", Putnam said.

Johnson and Putnam were tied for the lead at 15 under after the third round and were five strokes clear of the rest of the field.

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

Dustin Johnson gestures towards fans after finishing the ninth hole during the first round of the S. Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, June 8, 2018. I'm really looking forward to it. "I just didn't have some putts go my way". The first couple of holes were a little rough, but overall, I had a great time. He wound up three-putting for double bogey.

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

"I felt like I struggled quite a bit with the putter the last three or four events". Brandt Snedeker (70) was 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. A third-round 65 puts him in a tie for 10th at 6 under.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka fell into a tie for 30th at 3 under after a disappointing 3-over 73 in Round 4.

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