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Can Dustin Johnson Regain World Number One Ranking

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Kristopher Love | 13 June, 2018, 13:29

"I have high expectations going into every week", Johnson said when asked about the U.S. Open.

"I feel like I steadied the ship a little bit after a rough start", he said.

At 3 under, Johnson opened with a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 10 only to bogey Nos.

Johnson added a third round of 65 to his opening rounds of 67 and 63 but it was still not enough to hold off Putnam who is looking for his first PGA Tour title while Johnson has 17 titles to his name, one of those a major.

Cook's 5 under on Sunday tied him with Phil Mickelson and Tim Herron for the best scores of the final round and moved him up the leaderboard into a tie for sixth.

Best of the rest: Retief Goosen - who won the U.S. Open the last time it was played at Shinnecock - went 68-66 on the weekend to record his first top-10 of the year and first since the 2017 Puerto Rico Open.

NOTES: Johnson was the first on tour to win by holing out from off the green since Jordan Spieth at the 2017 Travelers Championship. After bogeys at 12 and 13 he bounced back with birdies at 14 and 16.

"I haven't seen the golf course yet but I'll get in 18 holes tomorrow and go from there".

"Just wanted to play, stay sharp", Johnson said.

"I did win in 2016, so I know what it takes and I'm going to have to play a lot like I did this week if I want to win next week".

Johnson shot 4-under par in the final round to secure his second win on the PGA Tour this year and the 18th of his career.

"When you're around or in the lead you can definitely feel the pressure but I like it", Johnson, 33, said. I'm hitting my irons well, and my wedges are really good.

He previewed his dramatic finish on the par-5 16th.

Putnam, 29, is a two-time Tour victor in his second full season on the PGA Tour. "It's one of those days you like to have". John Daly withdrew before the second round.

Dustin Johnson reclaimed the World No.1 spot from Justin Thomas with a victory at the FedEx St Jude Classic the week before the US Open.

He had made three birdies and just one bogey as he stepped on to the final hole and in characteristically nonchalant fashion he proceeded to hole his second from 170 yards.