The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely amazing hole-out for eagle.
"What a cool way to end the day," Johnson said.
Johnson shot a 4-under 66 Sunday, making the St. Jude Classic his second PGA Tour victory this year and 18th of his career, and took back the No. 1 ranking he held for 64 straight weeks before falling to No. 2 behind Justin Thomas a month ago.
Johnson won the event for the second time, finishing with the eagle, three birdies and a bogey for a 19-under 261 total.
"It means a lot," Johnson said of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking. "It was a long way to get there, and I held it for a long time and obviously J.T. took it from me for a little while. It was nice to finish like that and get it back."
Andrew Putnam started the final round with a share of the lead for the first time in his career. He shot 72 and finished at 13 under.
"I feel like I steadied the ship a little bit after a rough start," Putnam, who secured his card for the year with his best finish yet, said.
Preparing for the U.S. Open, Johnson took the lead to himself with a par on No. 1, while Putnam double-bogeyed, and cruised to the $1.18 million winner's check.
Johnson turned in the lowest score under par by a winner here since David Toms at 20 under in 2003 — before the course was redesigned, dropping par from 71 to 70 after the 2004 tournament.
Johnson, who won the U.S. Open in 2016, heads to Shinnecock Hills after stringing together four straight rounds in the 60s. He went 67, 63 and 65 before wrapping up the final round.
Nobody has ever won on the PGA Tour and followed by winning the U.S. Open. The way Johnson's playing, he sees no reason why he couldn't be the first.
"I know what it takes," Johnson said. "I'm going to have to play a lot like I did this week if I want to win next week."
Topping his walk-off eagle won't be easy. In the intermediate rough to the right of the fairway, Johnson hit 9-iron and watched as as the ball bounced twice before rolling into the cup to bring fans to their feet. Johnson said he couldn't tell if the ball went in for a few seconds.
"Luckily I did watch him hit that last shot and that was pretty special, so that was fun to see," Putnam said of Johnson's eagle.
J.B. Holmes (67) was at 9 under. Stewart Cink (72) and Richy Werenski (71) tied at 8 under. Brandt Snedeker (70) and Retief Goosen (66) tied four others at 7 under.
Phil Mickelson had a 65 and was at 6 under.
Lehman wins Charity
DES MOINES, Iowa — Tom Lehman was standing outside of a Des Moines-area makeup shop waiting for his daughter/caddie when he got the call to head back to Wakonda Club.
Lehman told Rachael Chapman to pay her bill at Sephora as quickly as possible — because dad had a trophy waiting for him at the course.
Lehman, the second-round leader, took the Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic after weather washed out the final round Sunday.
Tournament officials had delayed the start of the third round by nearly five hours because of bands of light, but persistent, rain before calling the event.
With Lehman set to tee off last, he and Chapman went to a nearby mall to kill some time before the weather cleared out. But it never did — with officials delaying it nine times before calling it.
The 59-year-old Lehman shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to reach 13 under and take a two-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, Glen Day, Woody Austin and Scott Parel.
USA wins Curtis Cup
SCARSDALE, N.Y. — Kristen Gillman led a U.S. singles sweep Sunday in the biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history.
Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller 5 and 4 for the winning point to cap a perfect weekend at Quaker Ridge.
The Americans won, 17-3, breaking the record for margin of victory of 11 set in a 14½-3½ victory at Denver Country Club in 1982. They improved to 29-8-3 in the series, rebounding from a loss in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.
Passed over for the 2016 team, Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur champion at age 16, joined American Stacy Lewis (2008) and England's Bronte Law (2016) as the only players to go 5-0-0 since the format was changed to three days in 2008.