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Golf Roundup: Dustin Johnson reclaims world's top spot with St. Jude win

13 June 2018

Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely awesome hole-out for eagle.

"What a cool way to end the day to hole that shot on 18", Johnson said.

With the U.S. Open coming up next week at Shinnecock Hills, Dustin Johnson is getting in his reps in Memphis this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

"Winning this week I think is a bigger confidence booster than being No. 1 in the world", Johnson said.

Certainly a pair of co-leaders on different parts of the spectrum, but it could lead to an exciting Sunday. "It was nice to finish like that and get it back".

Putnam's challenge wilted after a disastrous double-bogey on the par-four first which left Johnson with sole possession of the lead. He shot 72 and finished 13-under par.

"I didn't really have it today but I was able to close out the round with a couple of birdies and get it back to even", he said. Johnson turned in the lowest score under par by a victor here since David Toms at 20 under in 2003 - before the course was redesigned dropping par from 71 to 70 after the 2004 tournament.

After a 15-month run at number one, Johnson relinquished top spot four weeks ago to fellow American Justin Thomas, who is not playing this week.

Lehman had shot a seven-under 65 on Saturday to reach 13 under and take a two-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, Glen Day, Woody Austin and Scott Parel.

Dustin Johnson waves to fans after making eagle on the 18th to win the St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour.

Neymar and Coutinho egged by Brazil team-mates
Six minutes later, substitute Roberto Firmino set Coutinho clear down the left and he curled his shot wide of Lindner in for the third.

"I'm rolling it down the line I'm looking", Johnson said. "If I play really good golf, I'm probably going to win".

Topping his walk-off eagle won't be easy. Johnson said he couldn't tell if the ball went in for a few seconds.

Watch the incredible shot below.

Phil Mickelson plays in the second round during the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind on Friday, June 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

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. Snedeker turned in a bogey-free round with eight birdies needing only 22 putts.

Johnson opened with a birdie at the 10th.

Johnson was made aware of this on Sunday and shrugged it off, predictably.

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, trying to build momentum for a run at the US Open title that has so long eluded him, followed up his first-round 66 with an even par 70.

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. He won the Tournament of Champions in January and followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach in February.

Golf Roundup: Dustin Johnson reclaims world's top spot with St. Jude win