Dustin Johnson holes marvellous eagle for walk-off win

Dustin Johnson holes marvellous eagle for walk-off win

Dustin Johnson is a hot favourite for this week's US Open after reclaiming the the world No.1 ranking with a six-shot victory in the St Jude Classic.

Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion, mixed an eagle and three birdies with a lone bogey in a four-under 66 to finish at 19 under on Sunday as he cruised to his 18th career PGA Tour victory and his second at the Memphis event, which he also won in 2012.

The marvellous eagle came on the 18th to secure victory without even needing to putt.

"What a cool way to end the day to hole that shot there on 18," Johnson said.

The 33-year-old regained the No.1 ranking which he had held for 15 months before fellow American Justin Thomas usurped him a month ago.

His dominant win meant his odds shortened even further for the US Open starting on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.

Dustin Johnson. Pic: Getty

Johnson's fellow overnight leader, the winless Andrew Putnam, opened with a double bogey and never recovered on his way to a two-over par round of 72.

J.B.Holmes (67) was third, 10 shots behind Johnson.

A solid closing round 69 from Stuart Appleby lifted him to six under and tie for 12th while fellow Australian Cameron Percy had a 68 to be tied for 26th at four under.

Aaron Baddeley (71) and Matt Jones (73) finished tied for 37th and 51st respectively.