MEMPHIS, Tenn. (PGATour.com) - For a man who couldn't swing a golf club for six weeks, Dustin Johnson sure knows how to return to winning form quickly.
Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday in his second event after a back injury cost him nearly three months away from the PGA TOUR, shooting a 4-under 66 that held off John Merrick by a stroke.
Well, it feels really good, especially having so much time off," Johnson said.
Johnson pulled a muscle in his lower right back in early March lifting a jet ski at his home, and rest was the biggest part of his prescription for healing. He didn't return to the TOUR until last week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, where he tied for 19th.
He began the final round two strokes back and held a piece of the lead three different times. He won his sixth career title with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and finished 9-under 271. Johnson said he didn't look at the leaderboard, trying to stay focused on himself.
"And you know, I did that," Johnson said. "I had a lot of looks, lot of good looks and made a few putts coming down the stretch. Made great birdies at 16 and 17."
Johnson, who picked up 500 FedExCup points and moved to 18th in the standings, led by only a stroke going to No. 18. Rory McIlroy, Chad Campbell and Nick O'Hern, three of the four who had a chance to tie Johnson with a birdie, knocked their tee shots into the lake. Johnson said he thought he might have been tied and made sure he hit the fairway to at least give himself a chance at birdie. Par was good enough.