Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude

Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude

J.B Holmes shot a 67 on Sunday to finish a distant third at 9 under, with Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) ending up tied for fourth another stroke in arrears.

"I have high expectations going into every week", Johnson said when asked about the U.S. Open.

Johnson opened with a birdie at the 10th. 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.

Johnson eased to a six-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam at TPC Southwind to leapfrog Justin Thomas at the top of the world rankings, four weeks on from losing the world No 1 title.

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

Johnson will be traveling light to Long Island, unburdened by anything remotely negative that might impair his ability to win a second U.S. Open.

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Brazil , who will be looking to win their sixth World Cup , are in Group E with Switzerland , Costa Rica and Serbia. It's not bad for me that my players can go on holiday, ' the Red Devils boss said.

Certainly a pair of co-leaders on different parts of the spectrum, but it could lead to an exciting Sunday. The way Johnson's playing, he sees no reason why he couldn't be the first. I've earned my way here. I knew coming in this week I was swinging really well and I had a lot of confidence in the game.

"It was a very good decision for me to come here and play and keep my game really sharp", he said. He bounced right back by rolling in a 21-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 14.

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.

With a healthy lead and noone able to put pressure on the leader, Johnson recovered from finding trees off the 16th tee to make birdie before holing out from a 169-yards with a nine iron for eagle at the last.

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. Scott Piercy withdrew after nine holes at 5 over.

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