Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

US Open next for in form golf No.1 Johnson

US Open next for in form golf No.1 Johnson

He'd walk off with the win instead.

Johnson shot a 4-under 66 for his second PGA Tour victory this year and 18th of his career to take back the No. 1 ranking he held for 64 straight weeks before dropping down a month ago. He was swinging without pressure when he stood over his shot in the light rough to the right of the 18th fairway, and hit the ideal shot to finish off the win.

Dustin Johnson gestures towards fans after finishing the ninth hole during the first round of the S. Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, June 8, 2018.

For those who are, in fact, looking for reasons to bet against him, here's all we've got: No one has ever won the U.S. Open a week after winning a PGA Tour event.

"It means a lot", Johnson said of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking.

In a promising tune-up for next week's U.S. Open, Johnson continued his excellent form with a five-under-par 65 on a scorching day at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Johnson finished with the eagle, three birdies and a bogey on Sunday while co-overnight leader Andrew Putnam started the final round with a double bogey on his way to a 72. He had four of his seven birdies and an eagle on his back nine for a 29 and finished with a 10-under 130 total.

J.B. Holmes (67) was third, 10 shots off the victor at nine under. Power slipped down the leaderboard on Saturday after a strong start, but a tied 12th finish represents a good weekend's work for the Waterford man. "I like this golf course, and I feel like I play it well and wanted to be on top of my game going into next week, too".

UPDATE NO. 5 (5:14 p.m. ET): Ole Miss rising senior Braden Thornberry stuffs his final approach shot and birdies the par-4 18th to shoot 2-over 74 and finish at 4 under.

Johnson worked on keeping the ball in the fairway, hitting 3-wood off the tee on the first of the course's two par 5s.

"I hit a lot of great shots in there, had a lot of good looks at birdie".

Johnson will now head to NY to begin his search for a second major championship at the U.S. Open hosted by Shinnecock Hills.

After a 322 yard drive on the 554-yard par-5 third, Thornberry chipped his third shot to 3 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole.

The U.S. won all five sessions for the first time, and every American earned at least two points.

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