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Dustin Johnson returns to #1 with Memphis win

Johnson with PGA Tour trophy title # 18 (Photo: Getty Images )
Dustin Johnson has returned to the number one ranking in men’s golf with a decisive victory at the FedEx St Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind in Memphis.

As if to put a further stamp on his place in the game Johnson holed his approach for eagle at the par 4 last to win by six shots over Andrew Putnam with J.B. Holmes another four shots back in 3rd place alone.

Johnson now heads into this week’s US Open as the standout favourite to win his second US Open Championship and given his current form, his good record at the US Open and his liking for the links style golf course Shinnecock Hills presents then there is a lot to like about his chances. 

Johnson began the final day tied with Putnam but they were five shots clear of 3rd placed Cink at that stage. 

A double bogey at his first hole by Putnam set the tone for the day and from that point on the result was never in doubt. 

"A lot of good things happened this week but I knew coming into this week that I was swing well, had a lot of confidence in the game and I played really well all week.

"I was a little kind of flat starting the day and couldn't get anything going and then i made that nice par save on 12 and birdied 13 and 16 and hit a lot of good shots coming in. It was nice to be back in the hunt and have the lead and get the juices flowing a little bit." 

Stuart Appleby finished as the leading Australian when he tied for 12th which, given his efforts in recent times, was a significant turnaround in form.

It was Appleby's best finish on either the PGA or Web.Com Tour in his last 19 starts most of which have been played on the Web.Com Tour.

Cameron Percy was 26th, Aaron Baddeley 37th and Matt Jones 51st. 

 

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