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Rust isn't problem as Johnson gets win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- For a man who couldn't swing a golf club for six weeks, Dustin Johnson sure knows how to return to winning form quickly.

Johnson won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday in his second event after a back injury cost him nearly three months away from the PGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 66 that held off John Merrick by a stroke.

"Well, it feels really good, especially having so much time off," Johnson said.

Johnson pulled a muscle in his lower right back in early March lifting a jet ski at his home, and rest was the biggest part of his prescription for healing. He didn't return to the tour until last week at the Memorial, where he tied for 19th.

He began the final round two strokes back and held a piece of the lead three different times. He won his sixth career title with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and finished 9-under 271. Johnson said he didn't look at the leaderboard, trying to stay focused on himself.

"And you know, I did that," Johnson said.

Johnson, who picked up the check for over $1 million, led by only a stroke going to No. 18. Rory McIlroy, Chad Campbell and Nick O'Hern, three of the four who had a chance to tie Johnson with a birdie, knocked their tee shots into the lake.

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Lehman doubles up

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tom Lehman won his second straight Regions Tradition, finishing the Champions Tour major with a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke victory.

Lehman overcame a near-constant drizzle and occasional heavy rains at Shoal Creek -- plus hard charges by Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu -- for his sixth Champions Tour victory. Langer and Lu each finished with a 66 to share second behind Lehman's 14-under 274.

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