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May 27 2012

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QUICK RECAP: FINAL ROUND

FORT WORTH, Texas -- In a two-man Sunday showdown, Zach Johnson outplayed Jason Dufner to win his second Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial title. But even after the final putt was dropped, the drama ensued.

Johnson was hit with a two-stroke penalty for failing to replace his ball at the proper mark prior to making his final putt at the 72nd hole. As a result, Johnson's apparent three-stroke win was reduced to a single stroke.

But in the end, he still won the title, his second at Colonial in three years. His 2-over 72 left him at 12 under, one shot ahead of Dufner, who struggled off the tee most of the day and shot a 4-over 74.

With the win, Johnson moves to third in the FedExCup standings. Dufner remains the points leader.

Dufner was bidding to become the first player to ever win the two North Texas tournaments in back-to-back weeks, having claimed the HP Byron Nelson Championship a week ago. Instead, he will have to settle for two wins and one runner-up finish in his last four starts on TOUR.

“I didn’t have it today. I didn’t play very well. I couldn’t get the ball in the fairway,” said Dufner,who hit just 3 of 14 fairways after hitting 30 of 42 fairways in the first three rounds.

Johnson wins for the first time since claiming the 2010 Colonial. The win is the eight of his career, and fourth in the state of Texas.

“In some respects, I kind of feel like I took down a lion,” Johnson said about beating Dufner in what was essentially the stroke-play version of match play on Sunday. “He’s been at the top of his game.”

Dufner started the day one shot ahead of Johnson, and eight shots ahead of the rest of the field. Dufner and Johnson then traded the lead throughout the round -- there were four two-shot swings.

Through 13 holes, the two were tied at 14 under. But Johnson birdied the 14th to go up by one stroke, then Dufner suffered a triple-bogey at the 15th when his approach shot from the fairway bunker rolled into the water hazard. It was the second during his round that he had found the water.

With Johnson leading by three shots going into the 72nd hole, both players appeared to make routine pars. But Johnson -- left with a 5-foot par putt to finish his round -- moved his ball mark out of Dufner's line and failed to move it back, and thus placed the ball in the wrong spot.

He was informed after his round that he had violated rule 20-7. Johnson took full responsibility for the mistake that cost him a double bogey on the final hole.

“I’m sure I’ll get grief about it back home,” Johnson said.

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LIVE UPDATES: FINAL ROUND (all times ET)

6:30 p.m. – In addition to the two-stroke penalty at the 18th green, Zach Johnson also said he hit out of turn at the 18th tee box. Jason Dufner had the honor but Johnson hit first. There is no penalty stroke involved.

5:59 p.m. – Officially, Zach Johnson violated Rule 20-7 in playing the ball in the wrong place. He said his caddie Damon Green alerted him to the violation after his round. “You can come up with a number of adjectives for that,” Johnson said. “I can think of a number in my head.” But it didn’t cost him the win. “No harm, no foul,” Johnson said.

5:46 p.m. -- HOLE 18: The par-4 hole appeared to be anti-climatic with Zach Johnson having such a large lead. Johnson did find the greenside bunker but managed to get up and down for par – or so it seemed. But in marking his ball, then moving the marker out of Dufner’s line, Johnson failed to return it to its proper spot. He was alerted to it after his round, and thus had to add a two-stroke penalty. Fortunately for Johnson, that still left him with a one-stroke victory. Officially, he shot a 2-over 72 for 12 under, one shot ahead of Dufner, who shot 74. Johnson wins by 1 stroke

5:34 p.m. -- HOLE 17: Jason Dufner drops his club after his tee shot on this par-4 hole as his tee shot finds the rough down the right side of the fairway. Zach Johnson's tee shot is perfect, leaving him with a good angle to the pin. Dufner's approach barely finds the green, but he's 67 feet away. Johnson aims at the flag and his ball just dribbles out of the thick rough, allowing him to use his putter. Dufner saves his par from 8 feet. Johnson also pars. Johnson leads by 3 strokes

5:29 p.m. – Despite a bogey at the final hole, Tommy Gainey will finish in solo third at 7 under. Jim Furyk (with four rounds in the 60s) has solo fourth at 6 under. Rickie Fowler, John Huh, Ryan Palmer, Chris Kirk and Harris English will finish tied for fifth.

5:20 p.m. -- HOLE 16: Both players found the green with their tee shots at this par-3 hole but are not close to the pin. Johnson’s putt rolls 5 feet past the pin; he misses the par-saver coming back. Dufner makes his 3-foot putt for par to pick up one stroke. Johnson is now even par on his round; he’s in danger of seeing his consecutive sub-par streak end at 15 rounds – not that he’s worried about that at the moment. Johnson leads by 3 strokes

5:12 p.m. -- HOLE 15: Zach Johnson's tee shot at the par-4 hole is perfect; Jason Dufner's is not. Dufner finds the fairway bunker on the left side. Aiming at the pin on the left side, Dufner's shot hits the green but rolls into the water hazard -- the second time in the last six holes he's found the water. Johnson's approach leaves him inside 4 feet. Dufner's chip shot is a poor one -- it runs off the green, forcing him to chip back. That sets up a 4-footer for double bogey ... but he misses that one. His triple bogey to Johnson's par gives Johnson plenty of breathing room down the stretch. “This has turned into sudden disaster for Jason Dufner,” said CBS’ Peter Kostis. Johnson leads by 4 strokes

4:54 p.m. -- HOLE 14: Jason Dufner's tee shot at this par 4 splits the fairway. Zach Johnson follows on a similar line. Johnson's approach leaves him a 10-footer for birdie. Dufner can't match that; his approach is 26 feet away. Dufner two-putts for par. Johnson follows by rolling in his birdie putt to take the lead. It’s his ninth one-putt hole of the day. Johnson leads by 1 stroke

4:45 p.m. – A double bogey by John Huh and a a birdie by Tommy Gainey has Gainey in solo third at 8 under. Huh doubled the 14th hole to fall to 6 under.

4:40 p.m. -- HOLE 13: Jason Dufner's tee shot at the par 3 finds the center of the green, 37 feet from the pin. Zach Johnson's tee shot lands dangerously close to the water guarding the front of the green, but stays dry. Dufner nearly holes his birdie putt but both players end up with par. Dufner, Johnson share lead

4:31 p.m. -- HOLE 12: Zach Johnson's tee shot at the par-4 hole finds the left fairway bunker. Jason Dufner's tee shot is just short of the bunker on the right side. Johnson's shot from the bunker hits the lip and almost comes back to hit him. Johnson escapes from the bunker with his third shot but is short of the green. Dufner's approach finishes inside 9 feet.  A nice chip for par sets up a tap-in for bogey. Dufner follows by draining his birdie putt.Johnson's two-shot lead is a brief one. There have now been four two-shot swings in this final twosome. Dufner, Johnson share lead

4:18 p.m. -- HOLE 11: Zach Johnson's tee shot at the last par-5 hole drifts to the right and hits the trees. The ball bounces back in the fairway but he loses quite a bit of distance. Dufner, who has hit just two of his first eight fairways on Sunday, misses another one. His tee shot takes the same line as Johnson's but does not kick out; it lands in the rough under the trees. Both players are forced to lay up. Johnson finds the green with his third shot but Dufner, using a sand wedge, lands in the bunker. He splashes out well past the hole and bogeys the hole -- it's his second 6 in his last three holes. Johnson's birdie putt from 18-1/2 feet falls in from the backdoor. A key two-shot swing on the back nine. Johnson leads by 2 shots

4:11 p.m. – Rookie John Huh is now in solo third at 8 under. He’s a bogey-free 3 under on his round. Tommy Gainey and Jim Furyk are tied for fourth at 7 under.

4:01 p.m. – HOLE 10: Two nice two shots at the par-4 hole were followed by two approaches that were not as good. Zach Johnson's approach found the bunker on the left side of the green; Jason Dufner's approach landed on the opposite side of the green, leaving him 54-1/2 feet for birdie. Dufner's proximity to that hole in the first three rounds was 26 feet. Johnson got up-and-down for par. Dufner has a nice lag putt to set up an easy par. Johnson, Dufner share lead.

3:49 p.m. -- HOLE 9: At the par-4 hole, Jason Dufner finds the first cut short of the right-side bunker. Zach Johnson’s drive rolls near the left-side bunker and leaves him an awkward stance. But he hits a nice approach that carries the water. Dufner, however, is not as fortunate. His wedge from 107 yards hits the bank in front of the green, with the ball bouncing back into the water. Instead of replaying the shot from its original position, Dufner opts to drop in the rough on the right side of the green. He chips on the green and has a 16-footer for bogey. He misses the putt and settles for a double bogey, his first double in his last eight rounds (147 holes) on the PGA TOUR. Johnson’s 14-1/2 footer for birdie hits the right lip; he settles for par but gets a share of the lead. Johnson, Dufner share lead

3:36 p.m. – Tommy Gainey suffered a double bogey at the par-4 12th  and now drops into a tie for third with Jim Furyk, John Huh and Ryan Palmer at 7 under, nine shots off the lead held by Jason Dufner.

3:33 p.m. -- HOLE 8: At the last par-3 hole on the front side, Jason Dufner’s tee shot finishes inside 10 feet. Zach Johnson misses the green. Johnson then follows with a poor chip that comes up short of the green; a surprising result given Johnson’s short-game success this week. His next chip for par rolls past the pin. Dufner misses his birdie attempt but still adds to his lead after Johnson’s bogey. Dufner leads by 2 strokes

3:26 p.m. -- Checking on others --Tommy Gainey remains in solo third at 9 under through 10 holes; he's 5 under for the day ... Rickie Fowler, Ryan Palmer, John Huh and Jim Furyk are each 2 under for the day and are inside the top 10 on the leaderboard ... Chris Kirk is headed for his best result since a T7 at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions … Past major winners Geoff Ogilvy and Trevor Immelman both finished at 1 under for the tournament.

3:23 p.m. -- HOLE 7: Jason Dufner’s tee shot at the par-4 hole finds the fairway; Zach Johnson’s tee shot rolls into the lone fairway bunker down the right side. Johnson’s approach out of the bunker lands on the fringe left of the pin. Dufner’s approach also misses the green and in the fringe near Johnson’s ball; his ball is near a drain cover; he’s given relief and allowed to drop his ball. Johnson’s chip just rolls past the hole and he settles for par. Dufner opts to putt from off the green and comes up short; he also settles for par. Dufner leads by 1 stroke

3:08 p.m. -- HOLE 6: Jason Dufner’s tee shot at the par-4 hole finishes down the left side on the first cut; Zach Johnson’s tee shot splits the fairway. Dufner’s approach leaves him 34-1/2 feet from the pin; Johnson gives himself a more makeable birdie opportunity from 12-1/2 feet. But Dufner rolls in his long putt for birdie. It’s the first putt Dufner has made outside 20 feet since the first round. Johnson misses his birdie putt. Dufner leads by 1 stroke

2:56 p.m. -- HOLE 5: In the final hole of Colonial’s Horrible Horseshow, both players hit excellent tee shots at the par-4 hole. Zach Johnson’s approach goes past the pin and finishes on the fringe, 37-1/2 feet away. Jason Dufner’s approach is an excellent one, avoiding the frontside bunker and leaving him inside 8 feet for birdie. Johnson two-putts for par. Dufner makes his first birdie of the day at the hole that has ranked the most difficult this week. Of the 31 birdies that the fifth hole has yielded this week, Dufner has three of them. Dufner, Johnson tied for lead

2:44 p.m. -- HOLE 4: Zach Johnson’s tee shot on the par-3 hole  finds the green, 36-1/2 feet from the pin. Jason Dufner’s tee shot misses the green, coming up short and to the right. It’s the fourth consecutive day he has missed this green. With a tough lie, Dufner hits a terrific chip to inside 2 feet to save par. Johnson two-putts for par. Johnson leads by 1 stroke

2:34 p.m. – HOLE 3: Both players landed in the same area just off the fairway on this par-4 hole. Zach Johnson’s approach shot found the fringe of the green and was lucky not to trickle into the bunker. Jason Dufner’s approach finished 12 feet from the pin. Johnson got up and down for par; it’s his second consecutive one-putt green. Dufner thought his birdie putt was in but veered right at the end. He taps in for par. Johnson leads by 1 stroke

2:26 p.m. – Tommy Gainey is 4 under through his first seven holes and is now in solo third place at 8 under. Gainey has already made three putts outside 16 feet.

2:22 p.m. -- HOLE 2: Jason Dufner found the left fairway bunker with his tee shot. Zach Johnson’s tee ball also missed the fairway but came up short of the right fairway bunker. Dufner’s second shot leaves him with a 28-foot birdie putt. Johnson, with a better angle to the pin, saw his approach shot stop inside 11 feet. Dufner’s birdie putt rolled 5 feet past, an aggressive putt and too firm. Johnson followed by rolling in his birdie putt. Dufner then missed his par putt. That’s his first three-putt of the week. A two-shot swing and a new leader. Johnson leads by 1 stroke

2:10 p.m. – HOLE 1: Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson both failed to take advantage of the par-5 opening hole. After perfect tee shots, both players missed the green with their second shots. Dufner pitched to 11 feet but missed the birdie putt. Johnson opted to putt from off the green for his eagle attempt but came up 14 feet short and missed the birdie putt. For Dufner, it’s the first time this week he’s failed to birdie the opening hole. Dufner leads by 1 stroke

1:55 p.m. – Just minutes before their final-round tee time, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were both practicing putts on the nearby putting green adjacent to the first tee. Dufner made two of his first six practice putts outside 10 feet.  Once they got on a tee, it was a quick shaking of hands. Both players received nice applause when announced; no apparent rooting interest, at least from the first tee gallery. Both players then hit tee shots that found the fairway.

1:40 p.m. – Who might get the early jump on Sunday? Consider this: Jason Dufner is a bogey-free 9 under through the first five holes this week. Zach Johnson is 6 under through the first five holes, with one bogey. But he also has an eagle, that coming at the par-5 opening hole in the second round.

1:30 p.m. – With the final group set to tee off in 25 minutes, none of the players with earlier tee times have made a serious move. Kevin Na is already in the clubhouse with the lowest round of the day thus far, a 4-under 66 that leaves him at 2 under. Chris Kirk is 3 under through 10 holes.  Of the first 16 players who completed their final rounds, none shot par or better.

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