Dustin Johnson has obtained two birdies of the final three holes to win the St. Jude Classic, with Rory McIlroy, the reigning U.S. Open winner, got a pair of bogey on the final hole.
Johnson secured his 6th win in the US PGA Tour, with his first in the Barclays the previous year when he achieved a 66 finish, 4-under par, including birdies at par-4 16th hole as well as par-4 17th.
Johnson finished hole 72 on 9-under par 271, with John Merrick behind him by just a stroke away.
The Northern Irishman McIlroy, who defended his US Open title at The Olympic Club, was included in the half a dozen competitors who achieved a one-shot lead on the last holes at the TPC Southwind.
McIlroy got birdies on the par-4 2nd, par-3 4th, and par-4 7th holes, including the par-3 11th hole that propelled him to qualify for the title. Though he bogeyed at the par-4 and par-3 of the 12th and 13th holes, he was still one of the leaders.
McIlroy’s birdie on the par-4 17th hole brought him an advantage to attain the top spot at 8-under; however, his back-to-back bogey at 18 resulted to a 69 and got himself to share the 7th at 274 with South Korean Seung-Yul Noh, Australian Robert Allenby, and American Ken Duke.
Johnson made a good start with a first birdie and another two straight birdies at the 6th and 7th holes towards the end of front nine with only one bogey, securing 6 pars ahead of his double bogey and a last par to win.
Merrick got birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, but they were pulled down with his consecutive bogeys at 12; whereas O’Hern and Campbell were undone with bogeys at 18.