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January 22 2012

8:06 PM

Johnson bogey-free for second day

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Hard to tell which was harder: the pre-dawn wake-up calls or the chilly temperatures when the third round of the Humana Challenge resumed at 7:30 a.m. PT (10:30 p.m. ET) on Sunday.

"Well it was just, I hadn't played in 50-degree temperatures, I guess that's probably the big difference," Zach Johnson said. "But there's no wind, it wasn't that difficult. It's not easy getting up at 4:30, 5 o'clock, but yeah, we're used to it. I mean delays are a part of the PGA TOUR, certainly a part of golf, and you just roll with it.
   
"I mean, it stinks for us, but it's really, really tough for the volunteers, certainly for the maintenance staff and everybody. ... No one's a winner with it, but we make the best of it and you just continue to go forward."

Besides, Johnson has a chance to win his eighth PGA TOUR event when he tees off in Sunday's final group with Robert Garrigus and Mark Wilson, who leads by three at 21 under. Johnson polished off his second straight bogey-free 65 after the overnight wind delay and is among four tied at 18 under.
 
"I left a bunch out there, but I made a few putts and it probably evens out in the end, I don't know how you look at it," Johnson said. "But I feel good, I like where I'm at and one more round."

Until going winless last season, Johnson had won at least one tournament in each of the previous four years. He did have four top-10s but didn’t make the U.S. Presidents Cup team that went to Australia -- and with this being a Ryder Cup year, Johnson doesn't want to miss another international competition.

Particularly not with his good friend Davis Love III at the helm.

"Anytime you've been associated with that, ... you want to be in them. You do," said Johnson, who frequently tweeted his support to the victorious U.S. team in Melbourne last November. "But at the same time, I was watching, I'm going to be on my couch watching that. That's our team.

“So I thought they played great and hopefully I can get my game on the right track and make Captain Davis' team."

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