Johnson regains World No.1 ranking

14 June, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Dustin Johnson with the St. Jude Classic trophy

Dustin Johnson cruised to a six-stroke victory in the St. Jude Classic, finishing with an eagle on the final hole.

The last opportunity for the things to get interesting came on 16 when Johnson sprayed his tee shot off the fairway into the trees.

Dustin Johnson is quite simply a freakish talent.

That DJ led the field in driving distance was a given, but his work on and around the greens was just as immaculate. The flat stick was working brilliantly, too, as Johnson gained almost four strokes on the field putting. And then of course there are times he doesn't even need a putter.

The 33-year-old sealed his win in emphatic style, mixing three birdies and a bogey before holing out for a sensational eagle on the 18th to roars from the gallery.

"It means a lot", Johnson said of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking.

Johnson added that his victory Sunday at TPC Southwind is a bigger statement of intent than being world No. 1 as he aims to win a second U.S. Open title having triumphed two years ago. "Winning this week has given me more confidence than being number one in the world". A whopping 28 of them are in the Hall of Fame. He's won at least once in all 11 seasons he's been on TOUR.


It was that kind of week for Johnson, who now heads to Shinnecock Hills for the 2018 U.S. Open as a clear favorite. Two strokes behind Power stood 10 more players who shot 67.

After the second round on Friday, there was a little bit more separation at the top of the leaderboard. His impressive 67-64-64 start to the tournament had him stuck to Johnson like a fly when everyone expected a walkover. He double bogeyed the opening hole and then bogeyed the fifth.

Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller five and four to cap a flawless weekend at Quaker Ridge in the amateur competition. He struggled in his rookie season on TOUR back in 2015 with just two top-25s in 23 starts, sending him back to the Web.com Tour. The time before that, it was two years ago, nearly to the day.

Four, coincidentally, was his cushion heading to the 72nd hole on Sunday. His best finish in the 12 starts afterwards was a T32 and he missed five cuts in that span. And it's the flawless time for him to get rolling in that groove again. A T13 at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and a deep finish yesterday to be third in Memphis has Holmes trending.

The U.S. Open field is always packed with worldwide talent. Johnson was in the intermediate rough to the right of the fairway, and the ball bounded twice before rolling into the cup. Phil Mickelson rebounded from a awful third round to post 65 on Sunday and move to T12, perhaps finding something as he chases the elusive national title and career slam. Steve Stricker, Henrik Stenson and defending champion Brooks Koepka also showed flashes of play that could prove very useful this week and beyond. "I don't know why it hasn't happened, but the U.S. Open is a tough, tough place to go and win". Already, TPC Southwind has more hole outs than any other course.

Name SearchWatch Service' Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. However, as he and Johnson held a five-shot edge on the nearest competitors after the third round, he still managed to finish second at 13-under par. It was 16 yards longer than the next best drive on that hole all week.

Wright hit a seven-iron from 170 yards to five feet to set up his winning putt. Johnson rolled in a 4-footer for par and a two-stroke lead at 15 under on a sizzling day with the temperature feeling like 99. Johnson will try to defy that history.

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