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Daniel Berger repeats as FedEx St. Jude Classic champion

16 June 2017

Jason Bohn, Boo Weekley and Jim Furyk all were at 2 over and also missed the cut. Golf is tough. There's ups and downs, but I just can't believe that I've won again. "I'm 1-for-1 defending titles so that's a pretty good stat".

The 24-year-old former Florida State standout is the fourth back-to-back victor at St. Jude and the first since David Toms in 2003-04. Berger's 10-under overall score included a bogey-free final round where he made par on the par-4 18th hole.

Sydneysider Jones, who began his round on the 10th, couldn't rediscover the first-round radar with his approach shots, but played some exquisite chips and clutch putts around several greens to maintain his challenge.

Schwartzel shot a woeful 4-over 74 Saturday, but bounced back with a 4-under 66 in Round 4. Amateur Braden Thornberry and Billy Horschel were among five players two shots back. He added two more on the back side to shoot 66. He almost made it, but a long putt on No. 17 stopped just short of the birdie he needed to pull even with Berger.

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They were one stroke in front of overnight co-leader Stewart Cink, who carded a 68 for 132, with Ben Crane, victor of this tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, on 133 after a 65.

Charl Schwartzel leads after making changes to his putting. Both scores were recorded at the Grey Silo Golf Course in nearby Waterloo. "It just kind of happened".

Unfortunately for the future Hall of Famer, a triple-bogey seven on the par-4 12th hole knocked him out of contention. He picked up three birdies on the front nine and eagled the par-five 16th to go into the weekend poised to strike for a second career win to go with his 2008 Canadian Open title.

"Just kept playing the way I was".

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Thompson, who started the day with a one-shot lead, led by four shots at the turn but stumbled on the back nine with four bogeys.

Schwartzel grabbed the outright lead by picking up a shot at the second and missed a putt from six feet to double his advantage at the next, before bogeying his penultimate hole. Perrine Delacour (62) of France, American Lindy Duncan (65) amd South Korea's In Gee Chun (66) were one shot back.

It was the second PGA Tour victory for 24-year-old Berger, who joins Dave Hill, Lee Trevino and David Toms as back-to-back winners in Memphis.

Jobe shot a 69 in the final round to snap a winless drought that had stretched to 1998, when he took first in a tournament in Japan. After one round in Iowa, he's tied with two golfers who've never won on the senior circuit.

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