Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Tied for lead, Johnson primed to regain top ranking

Tied for lead, Johnson primed to regain top ranking

J.B Holmes shot a 67 on Sunday to finish a distant third at 9 under, with Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) ending up tied for fourth another stroke in arrears.

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

Johnson opened with a birdie at the 10th.

Brooks Koepka, a week before defending his U.S. Open title, carded 69 to slip five strokes behind, while Phil Mickelson (70) fell six adrift.

Johnson will be among the favourites to win the U.S. Open starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in NY and he is confident of repeating his 2016 victory in the year's second major. He won the Tournament of Champions in January and followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach in February.

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It was also his second hole-out eagle on the week. He then put the finishing touches on his ninth win over the past two seasons with birdies on the 13th and 16th.

"I haven't seen the golf course yet but I'll get in 18 holes tomorrow and go from there". He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time.

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

Yokomine, the victor of 23 events on the Japan LPGA Tour, flirted with a 59 but parred the par-5 18th for a 61 to tie the course record.

That was claimed in style as Johnson spectacularly holed out from 171 yards on the par-4 last for an eagle and a six-shot victory.

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He's now won nine PGA Tour events since June 2016. "It's one of those days you like to have".

Putnam, a two-time victor on the Tour, had only one bogey through his first three rounds.

Johnson shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday making the St. Jude Classic his second PGA Tour victory this year and 18th of his career to take back the No. 1 ranking he held for 64 straight weeks before falling to No. 2 behind Justin Thomas a month ago. Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over.

Luke List plays 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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