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By breenda on Aug 06, 2013 02:17 AM
Dustin Johnson won the St Jude Classic on Sunday - only his second tournament back from injury.

The American closed with a four-under-par 66 at TPC Southwind to finish on nine under par, one shot clear of countryman John Merrick, who shot a 68 and almost chipped in at the last to tie Johnson.

"Well, it feels really good, especially having so much time off," said Johnson, who now has more PGA Tour victories, six in all, than any other player in his 20s.

"It means I'm playing good Taylormade R9 SuperMax Irons too," he said. "I come out every week and I try to just put myself in position to have a chance to win on Sunday."

Johnson isn't too worried that no one has won on the PGA TOUR and then won the U.S. Open the next week either.

"I wasn't worried about the Open today," he added. "I was worried about winning the FedEx. Next is a whole different week."

Earlier in the day, Rory McIlroy found himself very much in the running, starting his round only one shot off the lead and birdying four of the first 11 holes to take the lead, but he threw it away in spectacular fashion on the very last hole, hooking it into the lake for a double-bogey six. He also found the water at the 12th and bogeyed the 14th to lose his Titleist Scotty Cameron Buttonback Putter, though a birdie at the 18th would still have sent him into a play-off. Instead he ended up finishing three shots back after a 69.

McIlroy can still take heart from his performance this week ahead of his US Open defence, a considerable improvement over his last three tournaments - all missed cuts.

"Looking forward to getting to San Francisco, and I can take a lot from this week into next week," McIlroy said.

The day belonged to Johnson, however, who has only just come back from two months out due to back trouble. While McIlroy threw it away right at the death, Johnson did the opposite, birdying two of the last three holes, including a 20-footer on the 17th, to sneak in front and take the Callaway Diablo Edge Irons win.

Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, Nick O'Hern and Davis Love finished in a tie for third on seven under, two shots behind the winner, with McIlroy in a four-way tie for seventh a further shot back.
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