Dustin Johnson shoots 63, grabs lead at St. Jude


Dustin Johnson shoots 63, grabs lead at St. Jude

Bryan finished his day tied for 12th at 6 under; Dustin Johnson is in 1st at 19 under; Andrew Putnam is in 2nd at 13 under; and J.B. Holmes is in 3rd at 9 under.

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

"I feel like I'm playing really well", said Johnson, who lost the number one ranking to Justin Thomas last month after reigning for 64 straight weeks. Johnson tapped in for birdie, followed with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 third and added birdies at Nos. The best U.S. Open finish by a victor of the St. Jude in the same year was a tie for third by Fred Couples in 1993, when the event was conducted two weeks before the Open. It was his second win of the season and first since the Tournament of Champions.

Preparing for the US Open, which he won in 2016, Johnson cruised to victory in Tennessee and heads to Shinnecock Hills after stringing together rounds of 67, 63 and 65 before wrapping up a final 18 holes that felt nearly like a practice round, with the only question remaining how low Johnson would go. He wound up three-putting for double bogey.

"I haven't seen the golf course yet but I'll go there tomorrow and get 18 holes in and we'll see".

"Just wanted to play, stay sharp", Johnson said.

"I knew coming in this week that I was swinging really well and had a lot of confidence in my game. I played really well all week". He bounced right back by rolling in a 21-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 14.

First came an eagle at the 434-yard par-4 first, where Johnson holed out from 111 yards, one-hopping it into the cup.

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. Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over.

Snedeker, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, hadn't played this event three hours away from his home in five years and none of his eight PGA Tour victories have been at the TPC Southwind. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.