Dustin Johnson regains world number one spot with win…

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

It was a first for Johnson, finishing off a tournament victory with an eagle on 18. Johnson finished at 19-under when he holed out his second shot from the fairway on the 18th hole for an eagle.

Dustin Johnson cruised to another dominant victory and moves to second in the FedEx Cup Standings and reclaims his number one world ranking heading into the US Open.

Dustin Johnson has returned to the top of the world rankings after claiming victory at the St Jude Classic in Memphis. The longest drive of the week came from Johnson on the par-4 13th hole in the final round, measuring 359 yards.

While Johnson ran away from the field, J.B. Holmes finished four strokes behind Putnam for third place.

"I really enjoy the golf course", Mickelson said. But it was hot in Memphis all weekend, and that probably took its toll on most of the players as the long days in the sun piled up. Two strokes behind Power stood 10 more players who shot 67. The first couple of holes were a little rough, but overall, I had a great time.

After the second round on Friday, there was a little bit more separation at the top of the leaderboard.

Shane Lowry's magnificent 65 in the third round put him four shots clear of Johnson and Landry, but the Irishman struggled on the Sunday with a 76 to allow Johnson through to secure victory. Johnson said he couldn't tell if the ball went in for a few seconds. But he found a way out of trouble and actually furthered his lead by a stroke.

Berger not only didn't become the first man to win the FESJC three years in a row, he missed the cut by one stroke.

"I have high expectations going into every week", Johnson said when asked about the U.S. Open. In the other matches, top-ranked Lilia Vu defeated Sophie Lamb two up; Jennifer Kupcho, the NCAA individual victor this year for Wake Forest, beat Lily May Humphreys two and one; Andrea Lee edged Alice Hewson two and one; Lauren Stephenson beat Shannon McWilliam two and one; 15-year-old Lucy Li defeated India Clyburn five and four; and Mariel Galdiano held off Paula Grant one up. No one has ever won the PGA Tour event the week preceding the U.S. Open and then won the U.S. Open. He's not in the U.S. Open but perhaps keep a keen eye on him in coming starts. In terms of pride, the Americans have a three-year win streak going, with Koepka, Johnson, and Jordan Spieth (2015) restoring some glory to the host nation.

Phil Mickelson had a 65 and was at 6 under. Both will have to cope with interest and scrutiny all week in Southampton. Already, TPC Southwind has more hole outs than any other course. William Flynn did a major overhaul and redesign of the course right before World War II, and that is the layout the club still uses today, though additional length has been added to the holes over the decades since. "I haven't seen the golf course yet - I'll go out and get 18 holes in tomorrow and go from there".

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf and fantasy sports for CBS Local.

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