Tied for lead, Johnson primed to regain top ranking

Dustin Johnson back to world No 1 after St Jude victory

Dustin Johnson back to world No 1 after St Jude victory

Johnson had already shown off his ludicrous velocity earlier in the day by hitting a 307-yard drive with an iron on the hard par-4 10th hole. Andrew Putnam doubled his opening hole after entering the final round tied with Johnson at 15 under.

"I didn't really have it today, but I was able to close out the round with a couple of birdies and get it back to even and I'm in a decent position".

J.B. Holmes had five birdies and two bogeys for a final round 67 to end in third place.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Tom Lehman shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic.

"I did win in 2016, so I know what it takes and I'm going to have to play a lot like I did this week if I want to win next week".

Johnson and Thomas, who is not in the field this week, will join Tiger Woods for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Shinnecock Hills in NY. "I've earned my way here", he said. And Phil Mickelson picked up some momentum heading into the U.S. Open with a Sunday 65 and a T-12 finish.

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, trying to build momentum for a run at the US Open title that has so long eluded him, followed up his first-round 66 with an even par 70. Snedeker turned in a bogey-free round with eight birdies needing only 22 putts.

Johnson will be traveling light to Long Island, unburdened by anything remotely negative that might impair his ability to win a second U.S. Open.

Wright hit a 7-iron from 170 yards to 5 feet to set up his winning putt. "I feel like the game in good shape, I feel like I'm driving it well and my wedges are really good, so I'm looking forward to next week".

Then Johnson hit a drive 359 yards on the par-4 13th, leaving him 95 yards to the pin. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.

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

At the 490-yard par-4 17th, Thornberry's tee shot went 295 yards to the right side of the fairway, his second shot went 158 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 15 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey. It was his second win of the season and first since the Tournament of Champions. Johnson has won nine times when having at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

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