Dustin Johnson was going to win the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, well before he hit his second shot into the 18th hole at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Johnson had a four-shot lead on Andrew Putnam, and Johnson had found the first cut of rough with his tee shot to the closer. Barring unforeseen calamity, Johnson had no worse than bogey in hand, and, with it, the trophy.
Then Johnson went ahead and put an exclamation point on his 18th PGA Tour with a hole-out eagle to close out his week.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 10, 2018
With the eagle, Johnson closed out a six-shot win — his second in the Memphis event, which is in its final year before becoming a World Golf Championships event — on 19-under 261. The crowd was in an uproar, but Johnson looked as cool as can be in pocketing $1,188,000 to lead the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic payout.
Johnson’s eagle capped a 4-under 66 to lock up the win, including a final-nine 31 to make things academic by the time his second shot on 18 found the bottom of the cup.
No player has ever won the week before the US Open, then won the US Open the next week. But would you be all that surprised if Johnson, the 2016 US Open winner at Oakmont, became the first at Shinnecock Hills?