Without making the slightest error in the final round, the winner of the 2007 Masters offers a third success in less than five months. After the BMW Championship and World Challenge. He beat length the amazing Jordan Spieth, 20 years only!
Comfortable leader after two rounds with three shots ahead of the pack, fourth – only! – After 54 holes playing over par, Zach Johnson, 38 years old on February 24, then had perhaps lost any chance to offer a first success in 2014. Mistake.
The native of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) has perfectly rectify during the last day of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua (Hawaii Islands). Using a set of monumental wedge and a huge 66 (-7) without bogey please, including four birdies slammed between holes 12 and 16, the winner of the 2007 Masters won here on the island of Maui his eleventh title on the PGA Tour at this level for past many seasons.
A Nice Check For 1 140 000 Dollars
The American made the difference on the mental back nine holes at the same time five players at least could still hope to win. Just weeks after his amazing return to Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and win a playoff to Tiger Woods stunned by such a cap (with a wedge shot from the drop zone to the hole 18 which remain one of the most famous shots 2013), Zach Johnson wins a prestigious success that allows him to pocket a nice check for 1 140 000 dollars and climb to 7th place in the FedEx Cup. A stat that does not lie on the current value of the player: since his debut as a rookie in 2004, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh won more tournaments than him on the U.S. circuit. A sacred reference!
“My recipe for winning here? Questioned the principal party at a press conference. Keeping the ball on the fairway and give me the best chance shots with my wedges. This has been crucial throughout the four rounds. There was just finish the job on the green being tough in putting. That’s how I could give me an opportunity to shine here! ”
Spieth, Almost In History
All, however, has not been as easy as you think for very pious Zach Johnson, pushed into a corner by Jordan Spieth still amazing and that place now, just 20 years as a formidable opponent this season on the PGA Tour.
With one last card 69 (-4), and last two birdies on 17 and 18, but after several missed opportunities birdies, the Texan ultimately fails to hit the winner. By winning, he would have clearly beaten the record held since early 2002 in this tournament by Spaniard Sergio Garcia, winner at 21 years and 362 days. It would also have cleared the shelves Ralph Guldahl, youngest player to win in 1932 two tournaments in the pros!
Dustin Johnson Tumbles.
“I’m happy with the way I finished the final round with two consecutive birdies, but it is not I lose this event to win the tournament, summarizes the young man. I really my chances earlier on the return, including 14, 15 and 16. There was the turning point of my game. ”
Spieth second, Kevin Streelman and Webb Simpson, third in two lengths, the biggest loser of the day – because it must necessarily – is called Dustin Johnson. Only player among the top ten not to play under par, the defending champion will want to have long conceded three early bogeys between holes 1 and 6. He finished sixth, five shots of Zach Johnson. As for Adam Scott, the world No. 2, it ends the same level as Dustin Johnson but with a tempting menu, a 69 (-4) solid with a eagle on hole No. 15, however, somewhat marred by a bogey on the ultimate hole of the Plantation Course!
Final (Par 73):
1. Zach Johnson (USA) 273 (-19)
2. Jordan Spieth (USA) 274 (-18)
3. Kevin Streelman (USA) 275 (-17)
-. Webb Simpson (USA) 275 (-17)
5. Jason Dufner (USA) 277 (-15)