Dustin Johnson claims St. Jude Classic


Today it's Dustin Johnson at Oakmont in 2016. "It kind of feels like we're going out on top".

If Dustin Johnson wanted to make a statement ahead of this week's US Open, he succeeded.

Johnson had been confident all tournament, having previously won at TPC Southwind in 2012.

And then the finish to the 61st edition of this tournament, which started back in 1958 at Colonial Country Club, and has had winners named Nicklaus, Player and Trevino, somehow got even better. Johnson finished at 19-under when he holed out his second shot from the fairway on the 18th hole for an eagle. "I haven't seen the golf course yet - I'll go out and get 18 holes in tomorrow and go from there". But he heard the crowd cheer and "I knew it was on a good line". He moved out of a tie with Andrew Putnam on the first hole in the fourth round and never looked back on his way to a six-stroke victory.

"I have high expectations going in every week", Johnson said. He just didn't have the title to go with it for a few weeks. "I don't know why it hasn't happened, but the U.S. Open is a tough, tough place to go and win". Since World War II, there has now been 30 players win that many TOUR events with at least one major among them.

Putnam, ranked No. 273 in the world, was paired with Johnson for the final round and was +2 for the day. He wound up three-putting for double bogey. "The putts weren't dropping". He had a six-shot lead entering the final round in China last fall, and he was tied for the lead through 54 holes at Pebble Beach, as well. But he found a way out of trouble and actually furthered his lead by a stroke.

"It was nice to be back in the hunt, to get the lead and to get the juices flowing a little bit".

Dustin Johnson claims St. Jude Classic
Dustin Johnson claims St. Jude Classic

After winning his 18th title on the PGA Tour this past weekend, Johnson added it has boosted his confidence level more than reclaiming the top spot in the rankings.

Watch Service' Dave Hill (1967, 1969, 1970 and 1973).

The two-time defending champion in the event, Daniel Berger, missed the cut after shooting 70-71 in the first two rounds.

Mickelson headed a group of six golfers finishing in 12th at 6 under. Memphian Casey Wittenberg finished 69th at 8-over.

He previewed his dramatic finish on the par-5 16th.

The 29-year-old played went one under for the remaining 13 holes to close on 13 under par, four shots clear of J.B. Holmes in third.

For Cink, who has played the FESJC 10 times, this was his third top-10 finish here. Even with the 3-wood, Johnson had the second-longest drive of the day, hitting 333 yards on the 554-yard hole. But if he's sitting at No. 181 in the world rankings next year, like he was coming into this year's FESJC, he won't be eligible for the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Memphis nearly feels like a second home. "It's one of my favorite tournaments. And the fact Cozy Corner's in Downtown Memphis, that doesn't hurt anything either".