DJ closes out St. Jude with hole-out eagle

DJ closes out St. Jude with hole-out eagle

Johnson finished third in the Memorial and fifth in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in the run-up to his victory in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open.

"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. Putnam added a birdie on the seventh, but it wasn't enough to catch Johnson.

Nobody has ever won on the PGA Tour and followed by winning the U.S. Open. The best U.S. Open finish by a victor of the St. Jude in the same year was a tie for third by Fred Couples in 1993, when the event was conducted two weeks before the Open.

While numerous game's elite are having this week off to prepare for the U.S. Open, Johnson made a decision to play his way into the second major championship of the year at Shinnecock Hills.

Johnson faces a battle to keep hold of the berth at the season's second major, with Thomas and England's Justin Rose intent on usurping him.

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Holding a four-stroke lead over second-place finisher Adam Putnam, all Johnson had to do on the 18th hole was avoid catastrophe on a historical level.

Certainly a pair of co-leaders on different parts of the spectrum, but it could lead to an exciting Sunday. He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time. "To come here and to play the way I did, I felt like I putted better this week".

"I really like this golf course because you have to focus on every shot".

Snedeker, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, hadn't played this event three hours away from his home in five years and none of his eight PGA Tour victories have been at the TPC Southwind. "It's one of those days you like to have". Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over. A third-round 65 puts him in a tie for 10th at 6 under.

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson delivered a scorching final nine holes to shoot 7-under-par 63 on Friday and take a one-stroke lead at 10-under 130 after the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.

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