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FedEx St. Jude Classic 2012: Dustin Johnson Holds Off Rory McIlroy, John Merrick

Dustin Johnson held off John Merrick and Rory McIlroy to win the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic. In his second event since returning from back surgery, Johnson shoot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to finish atop the final leaderboard at the U.S. Open tuneup.

John Merrick almost forced a playoff with a near-miracle chip on 18 that lipped out to end his round one stroke out of the lead. It was a much more sudden, if less disastrous, end compared to Rory McIlroy, who effectively ended his chances on 18 when he sent his drive into the water. McIlory double-bogeyed the hole to finish three strokes back.

Johnson started the final round two strokes back, but spent Sunday around the top of the leaderboard and put himself in a good place to claim victory with consecutive birdies on 16 and 17 to end the day.

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