Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Andrew Putnam, Dustin Johnson turn St. Jude into 2-man race

Dustin Johnson heads into the US Open in fine form Dustin Johnson heads into the US Open in fine form
Shannon Reynolds | 13 June, 2018, 13:32

Appleby's countryman Cameron Percy had a 68 to be tied for 26th at four under while Aaron Baddeley (71) and Matt Jones (73) finished tied for 37th and 51st respectively.

Johnson has been dominant in multiple aspects of his game this season.

"I feel like I'm swinging really well".

Johnson will hardly be intimidated by the little-known Putnam, the only legitimate threat if he plays half decently.

A victor here in 2012, Johnson is back here looking for 18th career title while tuning up for the U.S. Open he won in 2016.

Obviously, it's inadvisable to bet against the best player in the world, but there are other reasons not to bet against Johnson, notably his form chart and its historical context heading into the U.S. Open.

NOTES: Johnson was the first on tour to win by holing out from off the green since Jordan Spieth at the 2017 Travelers Championship.

It was also his second hole-out eagle on the week. Instead, he rolled in the putt to keep his lead, and birdied the 13th to increase it to three. "If I can get a good read and good speed, they're going to go in". He knows it will be the biggest Sunday of his career as he plays in the final pairing for the first time.

Johnson put an exclamation point on his victory with a hole-out eagle from the fairway from 169 yards away on the closing hole, his second such hole out of the week.

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"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", said Johnson after shooting 66.

"I really like this golf course because you have to focus on every shot".

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

Putnam, meanwhile, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, said he would take positives from the way he managed to steady his round after dropping three shots in his opening five holes. "It's one of those days you like to have".

Dustin Johnson has set his sights on making US Open history after returning to world No 1 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Notes: Putnam has just one bogey through two rounds. Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over.

Mickelson headed a group of six golfers finishing in 12th at 6 under.

Phil Mickelson walks between holes in the second round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

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