Posted July 15, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Zach Johnson won the John Deere Classic on the second playoff hole Sunday, hitting his second shot to a foot for a birdie to beat Troy Matteson.
After Johnson and Matteson double-bogeyed the 18th on their first playoff hole, Johnson hit a 193-yard second shot from a bunker to 12 inches from the cup, again on the 18th. Matteson needed to sink a 43-footer to match Johnson's birdie, but didn't get the putt to the hole.
It was Johnson's second win of the season and ninth of his career.
Johnson birdied three of the last six holes in regulation, taking the lead until Matteson sank a 60-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th. Johnson shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to finish at 20-under 264. Matteson shot a 69.
Scott Piercy finished third, two strokes back after a 65.
BEST OF MAXIM
After Troy Matteson's tee shot on the 18th hole went into the trees during Sunday's final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament, a kid thought he could pick up the ball for a souvenir and no one would notice.
Of course, everybody noticed. As nearby fans called him on it, the boy dropped the ball and backed away from it as he realized the seriousness of his...
Troy Matteson shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round at the John Deere Classic.
Steve Stricker, who also shot a 66, sits in second place at 15 under in his quest for a fourth straight tournament title. Stricker birdied four straight holes beginning at the 14th, but bogeyed the par-4 18th, stubbing a chip shot and missing a 15-footer for par.
Zach Johnson won his second tournament of 2012, defeating Troy Matteson on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the John Deere Classic. The 2007 Masters champion earned his ninth career PGA Tour victory at he dubs his “fifth major” at TPC Deer Run in Iowa. Johnson, a native of Iowa City, grew up [...]