Putnam, Johnson turn St. Jude into two-man race


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

"I mean winning this week, I think is bigger confidence booster than being number one in the world", Johnson added. 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.

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. He won the Tournament of Champions in January and followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach in February.

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

Dustin Johnson would have no need for his putter on the 18th hole of Sunday's St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.

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"I know what it takes", Johnson said.

"It was a very good decision for me to come here and play and keep my game really sharp", he said.

Langer closed the bogey-free round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th at Wakonda Club.

Johnson shot 4-under par in the final round to secure his second win on the PGA Tour this year and the 18th of his career. He holed out from the right front bunker for birdie on the par-5 No. 16.

It appears on paper as a one-sided battle but tournament golf works in odd ways and Putnam is an emerging star with two victories on the Web.Com Tour prior to graduation to the bigger stage this year.

He had made three birdies and just one bogey as he stepped on to the final hole and in characteristically nonchalant fashion he proceeded to hole his second from 170 yards.