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The Tour Report

July 15 2012

7:25 PM

Final round wrap-up

Johnson rolls to victory

Watch Zach Johnson's second shot on the second playoff hole roll to within inches of the hole.

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM Zach Johnson has a green jacket in his closet and has played on multiple Ryder Cup teams. But winning the John Deere Classic -- his home event and one he's called his fifth major -- certainly ranks right up there. It took a world-class shot to finally pull it off. Johnson carded a final-round, 6-under 65, withstood some late heroics from Troy Matteson (69), and then defeated Matteson with a spectacular shot that resulted in a winning birdie on the second playoff hole at TPC Deere Run on Sunday in Silvis, Ill. Johnson, who trailed by as many as five shots on the front nine, rallied with birdies on Nos. 7, 8, 10, 13 and 14. He took the lead when Matteson double-bogeyed the 15th hole. Johnson added a birdie on the par-5 17th to get to 20 under, seemingly clear of the field. But Matteson canned a 60-footer for eagle on the 17th to tie Johnson. After making par from the trees on the 18th, Matteson joined Johnson on the 18th tee for the playoff. Both players struggled on the first playoff hole, matching double bogeys after hitting their second shots in the hazard left of the green. On the second playoff hole (also the 18th), Johnson hit his 190-yard second shot 6-iron from the fairway bunker to within inches of the hole. He would tap in for birdie and the win. "I think we're stating the obvious," Johnson said of his second shot in the playoff. "That was really good. That was my shot of the week." It was Johnson's ninth career victory and second of the season. It moved him up to second in the FedExCup standings, trailing only Tiger Woods. Steve Stricker, who was attempting to become just the fifth player in history to win the same event four times in succession, carded a final-round 70 and finished four shots back in a tie for fifth place. Stricker's run became undone with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15. He had got within one shot of the lead three times. Scott Piercy (65) finished third and John Senden (67) was fourth. Despite the playoff defeat, Matteson qualified for next week's British Open, as the highest top-five finisher not already exempt.
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