Johnson and Putnam Lead After Day 3 of St Jude Classic

Dustin Johnson came into round three with a stroke lead over Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam.   DJ would take his first drive of the day on the first hole deep into trouble. He would scramble for his par and away he went to a rd round total of 65.  Putnam would shoot a 64 and tie DJ for the lead while Blaum struggled to a 4+over round of 74.  Stewart Cink would also put together a great round to draw into third place, though 5 strokes back.

On that first hole, DJ put a ball so far left the TV analyst remarked that he did not even know a ball could be played from that position.  But, when Dustin is rolling he is tough to stop and today was no different.   He would sink a big putt to save his par, then go on to birdie 6 holes and bogey only 1.

Andrew Putnam has played well recently and he is using that momentum to put together his best tournament to date.   Putnam is a player that was on the PGA Tour earlier in his career and  lost his tour card.  He jumped back on the Web.com tour , fixed his game and won two tournaments.  He parlayed that success into another run on the PGA Tour and he is finally making good on his opportunity.  Putnam has had 2 top ten finished this season.

Stewart Cink shot a 64 today also to get into double figures, but he is still 5 strokes back. To get to that 64, he used a hole in one on the 144 yard 8th hole with a wedge. Stewart Cink was leading after 54 holes last year only to see himself have a disappointing final day and finish 10th.

On a day we saw Justify become the 13th Triple Crown winning horse, we saw Dustin Johnson and Andrew Putnam Turn  the FedEx St. Jude Classic  into a 2 horse race.

Amateur Braden Thornberry was given an exemption to play this week and is making the best of the opportunity.   He shot a 65 on Saturday and is now 5-under for the tournament.

As for my favorite coming into the tournament Phil Mickelson, he has played very poorly after a very fruitful day 1.   When Phil is hitting his driver well and hitting fairways over 50% of the time to near 60, he contends.  When he struggles with the big stick, he falls out of contention and that is what we are seeing this week.  Mickelson shot a 3 over round of 73  and fell to 1-under for the tournament.