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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:00 am

Golf

Putnam shoots 64 to tie Johnson at St. Jude

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Andrew Putnam will be playing in the last group on Sunday for the first time looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

His playing partner will be Dustin Johnson, who's already won once this year and needs his 18th career victory to reclaim his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer.

No pressure at all.

“It's going to feel a little different than the typical Sunday round of golf, but I'm excited for it,” Putnam said. “I've earned my way here and I feel like it's going to be a fun day. See what happens.”

Putnam matched the best round of his short PGA Tour career Saturday with a 6-under 64 and tied Johnson atop the leaderboard at the St. Jude Classic. Johnson had a 65 to match Putnam at 15-under 195 and said he's in great position going into Sunday.

“I can kind of control my own destiny,” Johnson said. “If I go out and play really good golf, probably going to win. If I don't, I'm sure Andrew's going to beat me. He's playing really good right now. It's pretty simple.”

A two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, Putnam birdied No. 18 to tie up Johnson once again after a bogey-free round and consecutive 64s.

LPGA: In Galloway, N.J., Sei Young Kim birdied seven of her last 10 holes for a share of the lead with Celine Herbin in the suspended second round of the ShopRite LPGA. Kim was 10 under for the tournament with three holes left when play was suspended because of darkness.

Herbin had her second straight 5-under 66.

Hebrin birdied No. 18 after play resumed following a delay of nearly three hours because of lightning strikes in the area. The Frenchwoman left her job as a biochemical engineer at age 27 to become a professional golfer.

CHAMPIONS: In Des Moines, Iowa, Tom Lehman shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic. Lehman eagled the par-5 eighth and played a 10-hole stretch in 7 under before dropping a stroke on the par-4 18th. He had a 13-under 131 total, the best two-round score at Wakonda Club.

First-round leader Bernhard Langer had a 69 to fall into a tie for second with Glen Day (68), Woody Austin (68) and Scott Parel (66).

CURTIS CUP: In Scarsdale, N.Y., Kristen Gillman won two more matches and the United States opened a 9-3 lead over Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge. Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, improved to 4-0 and helped the Americans move within 1 1/2 points of regaining the cup they lost in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland. The U.S. leads the series 28-8-3.