Johnson leads in Memphis, back in top form before U.S. Open

Heather Diaz
June 13, 2018

Johnson waves to the gallery after hitting his second shot for eagle on the 18th hole. Moving back to No. 1 in the world would just be a nice bonus because the only way he can do that before Shinnecock Hills is by winning the St. Jude Classic.

J.B. Holmes finished third at 9 under after firing a final-round 3-under 67 to complete his week with four straight rounds in the 60s.

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. I knew coming in this week I was swinging really well and I had a lot of confidence in the game.

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"When you're around or in the lead you can definitely feel the pressure but I like it", Johnson, 33, said. Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) tied at eight 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.

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She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right", he added. The day started with a grand military parade and the arrivals of the royals via carriages.

Mickelson was up-and-down all day, opening with birdie-bogey-birdie and sneaking in a par at No. 4 before a bogey-birdie-bogey sequence brought him back to even on the day. Johnson had a 65 to match Putnam at 15-under 195 and said he's in great position going into Sunday.

"I felt like I struggled quite a bit with the putter the last three or four events".

Preparing for the US Open, which he won in 2016, Johnson cruised to victory in Tennessee and heads to Shinnecock Hills after stringing together rounds of 67, 63 and 65 before wrapping up a final 18 holes that felt nearly like a practice round, with the only question remaining how low Johnson would go. Putnam pulled within two strokes with a birdie on No. 7, rolling a putt 11 feet after Johnson parred the hole. I m hitting my irons well, and my wedges are really good. Teeing off in the afternoon when the wind was stronger, Nordqvist closed her bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

At the 490-yard par-4 17th, Thornberry's tee shot went 295 yards to the right side of the fairway, his second shot went 158 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 15 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey.

He chipped to five-feet and birdied for a four-stroke lead. Johnson has won nine times when having at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

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