Johnson grabs PGA St. Jude lead

Johnson grabs PGA St. Jude lead

Shane Lowry ended the tournament three shots further back as he closed with a 70, while Padraig Harrington shot 71 and finished tied 56th on two-over.

Johnson has been dominant in multiple aspects of his game this season.

"I feel like I steadied the ship a little bit after a rough start", said Putnam, who secured his card for the year with his best finish yet.

CHASING: Well, there's really nobody technically chasing as Johnson and Putnam are five in front of everybody else.

Nobody has ever won on the PGA Tour and followed by winning the U.S. Open.

No player who has won the event before the U.S. Open has gone on to win American golf's national championship the following week.

Preparing for the US Open, which he won in 2016, Johnson cruised to victory in Tennessee and heads to Shinnecock Hills after stringing together rounds of 67, 63 and 65 before wrapping up a final 18 holes that felt nearly like a practice round, with the only question remaining how low Johnson would go. "If I can get a good read and good speed, they're going to go in". The way Johnson's playing, he sees no reason why he couldn't be the first.

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"I hadn't played a whole lot the last couple of months".

Dustin Johnson surged his way back to being the world's best, sinking an eagle from 155 metres out on the final hole at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. "I hit a lot of good shots coming in".

"I'm glad it over, for sure", Johnson said.

He previewed his dramatic finish on the par-5 16th.

He holed out from 110 yards for eagle at the first and came within inches of repeating the feat at the next, settling for one of four birdies in a blistering second nine. Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over.

Putnam was bogey free in his round of 64 and although a previous member of the PGA Tour in 2015 he was required to return to the Web.Com Tour and now appears to be finding his feet at this level.

Phil Mickelson walks between holes in the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

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