Dustin Johnson and Andrew Putnam tied at top after round three of FedEx St. Jude Classic
Last Updated: 11/06/18 12:47am
Dustin Johnson and Andrew Putnam are tied at the top of the leaderboard after the third round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Ahead of next week's US Open, Johnson, who is looking to reclaim the world No 1 ranking, continued his excellent form with a five-under-par 65 on a scorching day at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
But Putnam matched the best round of his short PGA Tour career with a six-under 64 to join Johnson at 15 under, five strokes clear of fellow American Stewart Cink (64) with one round left.
World No 2 Johnson will regain top spot if he wins on Sunday and will head to Shinnecock Hills with a spring in his step for the second major championship of the year.
Putnam said: "It's going to feel a little different than a typical Sunday round of golf but I'm excited. I've earned my way here."
Cink moved into third place with a round that included the fifth hole-in-one of his career, from 144 yards at the par-three eighth.
"Statistically, you feel like you should have made holes-in-one all the time out here as much as you play out here but they don't come around very often," the 2009 British Open champion said.
"This week I haven't driven it that well. Normally you have to drive it really well to succeed here but my iron shots have been good when I've been in the fairway and I've managed myself out of the rough really well."