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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Confident Johnson should see off maiden with minimum of fuss

Favourites set to dominate final rounds

Dustin Johnson has Memphis glory at his mercy
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Sky Sports Golf, 7pm Sunday

Story so far
Dustin Johnson shares the lead going into the final round of the St Jude Classic and has a gilt-edged chance of heading into the US Open with a morale-boosting victory under his belt.

Johnson, 7-1 favourite ante-post, is no bigger than 2-5 with 18 holes to play. He is tied with Andrew Putnam, a 29-year-old US Tour maiden.
There is a five-shot gap between the leading duo and Stewart Cink, who is alone in third place. Johnson will reclaim the world number one spot by winning the title.

-15 Andrew Putnam, Dustin Johnson
-10 Stewart Cink
-9 Richy Werenski, Wesley Bryan
-8 Chez Reavie

Best prices
2-5 D Johnson, 5-2 A Putnam, 50 S Cink, 90 W Bryan, 150 bar

Final-round advice
Punters should act swiftly this morning and consider an outright win double on the leaders in the two tournaments which have 18 holes to play. Mikko Korhonen looks extremely likely to successfully defend a five-shot advantage in the Shot Clock Masters, while Dustin Johnson has the St Jude Classic at his mercy.

Those who can get 2-5 apiece about Korhonen and Johnson will be getting almost even-money about something which should be well odds-on. Korhonen tees off at 11.15am UK and Ireland time.

Johnson is different gravy to Andrew Putnam and the extra incentive of reclaiming top spot in the world rankings should make sure Johnson is fully focused all the way to the finishing line. His mind is unlikely to wander forward to the US Open until a second St Jude Classic title has been secured.

A switch back to his old putter, combined with abandoning a foolish spell trying 'aim point', has revived Johnson on the greens and he has looked awesome for most of this tournament. Putnam was bogey-free on Saturday, but a Sunday duel with Johnson is a different kettle of fish, and nothing Putnam has achieved in his career suggests he can handle the challenge.

Putnam is the world number 273 and his greatest achievement are two victories on the Tour. Johnson should bully a nervous opponent and quickly assert his superiority in the 6.40pm (UK and Ireland time) twoball.

The rest of the field are surely playing for the places. The accurate Chez Reavie is a solid twoball wager against the less reliable Wesley Bryan.

Outright recommendation
D Johnson (2-5) & M Korhonen (2-5, Shot Clock Masters)
5pts double Betfred

Twoballs recommendation
C Reavie
2pts 5-6 BoyleSports, Sky Bet

Johnson should bully a nervous opponent and quickly assert his superiority
E.W. Terms
Sky bet