|Zach Johnson emphatically celebrates taking a two-shot lead at the Colonial with a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 17. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)|
Johnson masters field
Colonial becomes seventh PGA title
Zach Johnson now has a plaid jacket to go along with his green one.
Johnson shot a closing 6-under-par 64 yesterday in the final round of the Colonial, winning with a tournament-record score of 21-under 259 in Fort Worth. The 2007 Masters champion finished three strokes ahead of Brian Davis, who had a closing 68.
When Johnson drained a 14-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole to take a two-stroke lead, he had a wide smile and emphatically pumped his right fist.
The real celebration had to wait.
Before Johnson teed off for his par at the closing 18th, play was suspended for the second time in less than an hour because of threatening weather. Light rain was falling despite sunny skies after the second delay of 46 minutes, a minute shorter than the first one.
Jeff Overton and Ben Crane shot 67 to finish tied for third at 17 under. Scott Verplank (65) and Bryce Molder (70), who led after the second and third rounds, were another shot back.
Davis was again contending for his first PGA Tour victory, six weeks after the 35-year-old Englishman called a two-stroke penalty on himself on the first hole of a playoff at Hilton Head.
At Colonial, Davis was 19 under with a two-stroke lead after a 5 1/2-foot putt at the seventh hole. But that was his last birdie of the day. His last-ditch, 9-foot birdie try at the 17th slid just past the cup after the delays, then he finished with a bogey.
It was the seventh PGA Tour victory for Johnson and first since winning in San Antonio last May. His best finish through 12 tournaments this season had been a tie for 12th at the
Along with the plaid jacket given to the winner, Johnson gets a check for $1.116 million.
“I love it. There’s a reason I love playing here and keep coming back,’’ Johnson said. “The course does suit me as far as shot-making. I just feel honored.’’
Champions — Tom Lehman won the 71st Senior PGA Championship in Parker, Colo., with a par on the first playoff hole, where Fred Couples and David Frost were done in by bad tee shots and double bogeyed.
After Lehman began the playoff with a solid shot down the fairway on No. 18, Couples’s only bad tee shot of the tournament veered left into the shrubs, forcing him to take a drop.
Frost’s tee ball ended up in the left bunker and he pulled his second shot left of the gallery. He cleared out dozens of pine cones before striking his ball, which was nestled in a shrub, across the green.
Frost and Couples finished with 6s before Lehman’s birdie putt from 12 feet came up a quarter roll short. He smiled and tapped it in from there.
Lehman’s first individual Champions Tour triumph — he teamed with Bernhard Langer to win the 2009 Legends of Golf — was worth $360,000.
Behind back-to-back eagles on Nos. 15 and 16, Couples had a chance to win the tournament in regulation but his 8-foot putt for birdie on 18 missed by an inch.
His tap-in left him with a 69 and in a tie with Frost (67) and Lehman (71).
European — Luke Donald’s eagle on the 16th helped secure a one-shot victory over Rhys Davies at the Madrid Masters.
Donald shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 21-under 267. Davies finished with a 68, while Italian star Francesco Molinari also shot 68 and was three shots back.
LPGA — Meaghan Francella rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole of a playoff to beat Mariajo Uribe and win the Brasil Cup in Rio de Janeiro.