Memphis, Tennesee – Dustin Johnson’s stint as World No.2 lasted about as long as a New York minute. Heading to the Big Apple for the U.S Open at Shinnecock Hills, DJ emphatically put his stamp on winning the Fedex St.Jude Classic by holing out for eagle on the 72nd hole and a six-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam.
Johnson’s final round 66 at the Fedex St.Jude Classic capped off his second PGA Tour win of the season and 18th of his career. After 64 straight weeks atop the Official World Golf Rankings, Johnson dropped to No.2 behind Justin Thomas the week of the PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass. Johnson’s 19 under par – 261 total, included rounds of 67-63-65 before Sunday’s final round. Tied with Johnson at the start of the day, Putnam made double bogey at the first (Johnson made par) for an early two-stroke swing and never was able to make up the defecit. Putnam shot 72, not the final round he was hoping for, but his runner-up finish was still the best of his career.
DJ’s response to his walk-off eagle (9 iron from 170 yards), “By the reaction from the crowd, I thought it might have gone in, but I couldn’t see it so it was kind of tough, what a cool way to end.”
Phil Mickelson, seeking to accomplish the career Grand Slam at the U.S Open, heads to Shinnecock Hills with some momentum after a final round 65 (finishing tied for 12th).