Dustin Johnson reclaims world No 1 spot after FedEx St. Jude victory
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/06/18 12:46am
Dustin Johnson will head into the US Open top of the world rankings after claiming a six-stroke victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
Johnson holed-out for eagle from the final fairway to close a four-under 66 at TPC Southwind and pull clear of playing partner Andrew Putnam.
Victory is Johnson's second of the season and 18th of his PGA Tour career, with the win also seeing him leapfrog Justin Thomas as world No 1 ahead of the second major of the year.
The pair went into the final round five strokes clear of the rest of the field, only for Johnson to open up a two-shot cushion when Putnam missed the opening green in three on his way to a double-bogey.
Johnson extended his advantage with a two-putt birdie at the third but missed from nine feet to save par at the fifth, where Putnam also dropped a shot after needing two attempts from six feet.
Putnam posted a 10-foot birdie at the seventh to reach the turn two off the pace, before Johnson holed a 15-footer to save par at the 12th and nudged in for a close-range birdie at the par-four next.
With none of the chasing pack able to put pressure on the final group, Johnson recovered from finding trees off the 16th tee to make birdie before firing a stunning 169-yard eagle at the last.
Putnam posted a blemish-free back nine to close a two-over 72 and end the week on 13 under, with J.B Holmes a further stroke back in third spot following a final-round 67.