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Johnson surges to St. Jude lead with second-round 63

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Dustin Johnson back to world No 1 after St Jude victory

Appleby's countryman Cameron Percy had a 68 to be tied for 26th at four under while Aaron Baddeley (71) and Matt Jones (73) finished tied for 37th and 51st respectively.

Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open. Putnam added a birdie on the seventh, but it wasn't enough to catch Johnson.

It was Johnson's 18th career PGA Tour victory and his second at the St. Jude Classic, which he also won in 2012.

Johnson eased to a six-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam at TPC Southwind to leapfrog Justin Thomas at the top of the world rankings, four weeks on from losing the world No 1 title. He won the Tournament of Champions in January and followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach in February.

Johnson will be traveling light to Long Island, unburdened by anything remotely negative that might impair his ability to win a second U.S. Open. Snedeker turned in a bogey-free round with eight birdies needing only 22 putts.

"I was a little flat starting the day - I couldn't really get anything going", Johnson explained. "For me, playing the way I did all week, playing the way I did today knowing everything that was on the line, gives me a lot of confidence going into next week".

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Dustin Johnson reclaimed the world number one ranking by cruising to a six-shot victory in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Tennessee on Sunday. "Normally you have to drive it really well to succeed here but my iron shots have been good when I've been in the fairway and I've managed myself out of the rough really well".

"By the reaction from the crowd, I thought it might have gone in, but I couldn't see it so it was kind of tough", said Johnson after shooting 66.

Johnson holed out a sand wedge from 111 yards on the par-4 No. 1 for eagle and almost holed out again on No. 2 from 114 yards, tapping in from 9 inches for birdie.

It appears on paper as a one-sided battle but tournament golf works in unusual ways and Putnam is an emerging star with two victories on the Web.Com Tour prior to graduation to the bigger stage this year.

Yokomine, the victor of 23 events on the Japan LPGA Tour, flirted with a 59 but parred the par-5 18th for a 61 to tie the course record. And from that moment on, Johnson's second title of 2018 was never in doubt.

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