May 27 2012
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
FORT WORTH, Texas — What a strange 72nd hole. It started on the tee when Zach Johnson hit first, playing out of order. There is no penalty for that breach of etiquette but there was a two-shot penalty on the green, when Johnson moved his ball and did not properly replace it. PGA TOUR officials informed him of the penalty as he left the green and Johnson doubled over in disbelief before doing the arithmetic and realizing he still won by a single shot. Just a bizarre ending.
Shot of the day: Johnson's birdie on the 14th hole gave him a one-shot lead but it was Jason Dufner's errant 9-iron on the 15th hole that might have decided the tournament. From 142 yards, he hooked a 9-iron into the water hazard and made triple bogey. I thought the air went out of the balloon at that point in the tournament. Dufner's energy was clearly drained as he limped home.
Wrong time: Dufner can look at his errant drives in the final round and understand why he struggled to score. He hit just three of 14 fairways and took 31 putts. Dufner entered the final round having hit 30 of 42 fairways and is ranked sixth on TOUR hitting 69 percent of his fairways in regulation. Just a bad day off the tee at a bad time. To me, he looked tired at times having won twice and gotten married all in the last month.
Double play: Tommy Gainey pulled off a rare double win in the stats. He led the tournament in driving, averaging 318.5 yards, and he led the tournament in Strokes Gained-Putting. He rode his distance and SGP to a third-place finish.
Remembrance: Johnson wore a green ribbon attached to his cap all week in honor of the Reverend Douglas Green. The father of Damon Green, Johnson's longtime caddie, passed away last Thursday. The Reverend was 88 years old and founded the Bellview Assembly of God in Pensacola, Fla.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and inside the ropes this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.