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DUSTIN JOHNSON CLAIMS 2012 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC TITLE

 

By William Larsha, Jr., Sports Columnist

The Mid-South Tribune

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MEMPHIS, TN, June 10, 2012- Returning to tournament play for just the second time since March due to a back injury, young gun Dustin Johnson fired a final round 4 under par 66 to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. It was his first appearance in the event. 

Johnson competed against what many consider to be the best field the tournament has seen in years. Due to its proximity to the U.S. Open, played a week later, many of the world's top players wanted to play competitive golf before   playing in the Open. This brought the likes of world number 2 Rory McIlroy, Davis Love III, John Daly, and Chad Campbell. The weather was not bad either. Temperatures barely scraped 80 all week in what normally is a very hot time of year. 

After the first three days, the tournament was in a three-way tie. On the last day, former Memphian John Daly shot a six under 64 for the low round of the day, but it was not enough to put him in contention. No, this was Johnson's tournament when he birdied 16 and followed that up with a birdie on 17. Roy McIlroy, a crowd favorite, had led a lot on Sunday, but put his tee shot in the water on 18 leading to a double bogey. He finished at 6 under, three shots back.

 

Johnson made a steady par on 18 to hold on for the victory. "Coming into this week, I was really just trying to put myself in position to have a chance to win on Sunday,” said Johnson. It was his sixth victory on tour and he has had at least one victory in each of the last five seasons. With the win, it is likely that Memphis will see Johnson again. “The people I’d talked to said (Southwind) was a good course, so there’s really no reason why I never played here other than just where it fell on the schedule,” Johnson said.  “But I will be back.” 

And so will his back.

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