Johnson beats Gallagher for Rex Hospital title|
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Kevin Johnson birdied the first playoff hole
Sunday to defeat Jeff Gallagher and win the Rex Hospital Open at the TPC
Johnson, the overnight leader, shot a four-under-par 67 and birdied the last
hole in regulation from five feet to join Gallagher, who fired a 64 Sunday,
atop the leaderboard.
The pair finished at 18-under 266 and matched the tournament scoring record
set by several golfers before them.
Johnson and Gallagher headed back to the par-five 18th tee at the TP Wakefield
Plantation to begin the extra session. Both missed the fairway with their
drives, but were in the fairway after their second shots.
Both players hit strong third shots with both inside five feet from the
Gallagher putted first and had five feet. His putt slid off the left lip and
that left the door open for Johnson, who was about one foot closer than
Johnson rolled in his birdie effort to get his second playoff win on the
In terms of history, this was a significant victory for Johnson. It was his
fifth on the Nationwide Tour and moved him into a tie for fourth place on the
all-time wins list. One more win, and Johnson would tie for the all-time lead
in the circuit's history.
But, with the $94,500 first-place check on Sunday, Johnson moved to fourth on
the Nationwide Tour money list and appears to already be on the fast track
toward a spot next year on the PGA Tour.
For Gallagher, this could've been his third Nationwide Tour win and first
since 2000. He rattled off four birdies in a row from the fourth and three in
a row from 11 to get the lead. Gallagher momentarily lost first with a bogey
at 14, but got the stroke back with a birdie at No. 16.
Johnson mixed six birdies and two bogeys on Sunday, but two birdies in his
last six holes got him the win.
David Mathis shot a four-under 67 and took third at minus-15.
D.J. Brigman (67), Chad Collins (68) and Chris Baryla (68) shared fourth at
14-under 270. Skip Kendall (66), Jeff Gove (68), Cameron Percy (69) and Jim
McGovern (70) tied for seventh at minus-13.
05/31 18:56:09 ET