Dustin Johnson ran away from the field at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to win by four strokes over Andrew Putnam and put an exclamation point on the victory with an incredible eagle hole out on the 72nd hole. The win was DJ’s second in Memphis and the 18th PGA Tour victory of his career.
This is how Dustin Johnson finished off his @fesjcmemphis victory…
Makes sense that he’s the new No. 1 in the world. pic.twitter.com/bvRjkihL0e
— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) June 10, 2018
“By the reaction from the crowd, I thought it might have gone in, but I couldn’t see it so it was kind of tough,” Johnson said after the round. “What a cool way to end.”
Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open winner, will head to Shinnecock Hills next week in an attempt to win his second major championship. He recently lost his World No. 1 ranking to Justin Thomas, but took back the top spot thanks to the win at the FESJC.
“Winning this week I think is a bigger confidence booster than being No. 1 in the world,” Johnson said. “Playing the way I did all week, knowing everything that was on the line gives me a lot of confidence. I think it was a big win, it was a big statement.”
Most PGA TOUR wins since 2008:
Dustin Johnson: 18
Tiger Woods: 18
Rory McIlroy: 14
Jordan Spieth: 11 pic.twitter.com/lzCPXSIX8w
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 11, 2018
Johnson shot rounds of 67-63-65-66 to slam the door on the field. Andrew Putnam finished in second place alone six shots behind Johnson, but four shots clear of third-place finisher JB Holmes.
DJ will play the first two rounds of the U.S. Open alongside Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods. The premier threesome tees off on Thursday at 1:47 p.m.