Dustin Johnson captured the FedEx St. Jude Classic and regained world #1 status in the final event before the U.S. Open. Heading into the final round tied for the lead, DJ shot a closing 66 that included a walk-off eagle on the 72nd hole.
This victory is the second of the season for Dustin and marks the third straight year that he has notched multiple victories. He started the calendar year with a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and has not finished worse than T-18 in a stroke play event this season. He is averaging over $400,000 per event.
The win also helped Johnson regain the #1 ranking that Justin Thomas had stolen from him after the PLAYERS Championship. The two will continue to battle over the ranking at the U.S. Open, where they will undoubtedly be amongst the favorites. Full scores
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Playing alongside Dustin Johnson and finishing second in Memphis was Andrew Putnam. Putnam is in the midst of his second full season on the PGA Tour. He has now notched six top 25s, four top 10s, and this runner up finish. After an extremely successful 2017 Web.com Tour season, he has continued his strong play on the big tour. Gaining experiences like these will no doubt help him bag a win in the near future.
Other Memphis notes
After missing out on the U.S. Open by a shot on Monday, Stewart Cink put up a strong finish and finished T-4.
Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 12th but put together a very solid final round of 65. A Saturday 73 put Phil out of contention, but he is definitely playing very solid golf heading into Shinnecock.
Chez Reavie finished in a tie for 6th place. This was his tenth top 25 of the season and third top 10. Depending on his play the rest of the season, Reavie has an outside chance at securing a Ryder Cup spot.
Braden Thornberry (a) finished in a tie for 26th place. Thornberry has now had two strong showings at the FedEx St. Jude after his 4th place finish at this tournament last year.
A landslide victory
The USA absolutely trounced Great Britain and Ireland at Quaker Ridge over the weekend. Heading into Sunday singles with a commanding 9-3 lead, the U.S. ladies went 8-0 to finish the week 17-3. The 14 point margin of victory broke a 26 year old record that was previously set in 1982 by Julie Inkster and company. Full scores
The second major
With the conclusion of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, it is officially U.S. Open week. There will be continued coverage of the event on the site, so be on the look-out for fresh content. For starters, Part 1 of The Skinny on Shinny breaks down the history of Shinnecock Hills and what makes it the best championship track in the country.
Catch all the coverage throughout the week at our U.S. Open hub.
Walker Texas Backstopper
In a back and forth with course architect Michael Clayton, Jimmy Walker made some very interesting and damning comments on backstopping. The full thread can be found HERE. Golf Channel’s Arron Oberholser, Jim Gallagher and George Savaricas did a great job breaking down the issue as well. Their segment can be found HERE.
The truth of the matter is that this issue is impossible to prove without admittance from players. They will never admit such a thing because it would mean a disqualification for collusion. It will undoubtedly be talked about a lot in the media, but the effect of the conversation is likely to be minimal.
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