Dustin Johnson showed no signs of rust Sunday as he won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in just his second start since March. With his victory at TPC Southwind, the first of his 2012 season, Johnson: • Collects 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 18 in the latest standings with 898 points. Jason Dufner remains atop the standings with 1,735 points.
• Extends his fully-exempt status through the 2015 season.
• Becomes the third player to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic in their first start since the event moved to TPC Southwind in 1989, joining Lee Westwood (2010) and Dicky Pride (1994).
• Is the first player since Tiger Woods (1996-2000) to go directly from college and win in each of his first five seasons on the PGA TOUR.
• Has won at least one PGA TOUR event in each of the last five seasons (2008-2012), the second-longest active streak of consecutive seasons with a victory behind only Phil Mickelson’s nine (2004-2012).
•Becomes the 13 th American to win the FedEx St .Jude Classic in the last 14 years (Lee Westwood, 2010).
This victory is Johnson's sixth in 109 career starts. Here's a list of Johnson's PGA TOUR victories:
2008: Turning Stone Resort Championship
2009: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2010: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BMW Championship
2011: The Barclays
2012: FedEx St. Jude Classic
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Athlete: There are not many players who can miss more than two months of competition with a back injury and win in their second tournament back on the PGA TOUR. That's a tribute to Dustin Johnson's athleticism. There might not be a person with more athletic ability on TOUR. Johnson routinely hits 3 wood in excess of 300 yards but it was his touch around the green that was critical on Sunday. He got up and down from 21 yards for birdie on the 16th and then rolled home a putt of 8 feet, 9 inches for birdie at the 17th to take the lead. The fact Johnson could execute both mentally and physically down the stretch, after missing two months of golf, is remarkable.
Safe to say, Dustin Johnson is back. After a three-month layoff due to injury, he picked up a win in his second start back at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. This is his sixth PGA TOUR title.
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There are dozens of players with a realistic shot at victory Sunday at TPC Southwind. It's one of the toughest courses on TOUR, but someone can always go low, get in the clubhouse, and steal this event.
The field is off on split tees, with the field finishing in the early afternoon.
The day is ripe with stories. Nick O'Hern and John Merrick, who share the lead with Davis Love III at 6 under, have never won. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are only one back. Obviously, McIlroy is trying to win the week before his U.S. Open defense, and Johnson is making just his second start since injuring his back this spring.
Even Dustin Morris, a Monday qualifier from Colorado State, is only three back.
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Davis Love III, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, shoots for his first win since 2008 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
CBS golf analyst Ian Baker-Finch takes a look at Rory McIlroy's golf swing in slow motion.