Johnson rallies for Colonial title|
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Zach Johnson fired a six-under 64 Sunday to
come from behind and win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by three
Johnson finished at 21-under-par 259 to set a new tournament scoring record.
Kenny Perry set the old mark of 261 in 2003 and again in 2005.
"I love it. There is a reason why I love playing here and I keep coming back,"
Johnson said of his affinity for Colonial Country Club. "The course does suit
me as far as shot-making, and the bent grass which I grew up on. I just feel
Third-round leader Brian Davis parred 10 consecutive holes before stumbling to
a bogey at the last to shoot a 68 and end alone in second place at minus-18.
Ben Crane poured in a 32-foot birdie putt on 18 to share third place with Jeff
Overton at 17-under-par 263. Crane and Overton both closed with 67s.
Johnson started the round one stroke behind Davis and birdied each of the
first two holes. However, Davis also birdied one and two to remain one clear
of the field at 18-under.
The 34-year-old Johnson ran off seven straight pars from the third and fell
two back of Davis, who birdied the seventh to move to 19-under.
Around the turn, Johnson flew into the lead. He birdied the 10th to get back
within one. At the 12th, the 2007 Masters champion rolled in a 21-footer for
birdie to join Davis at minus-19.
Johnson made it two in a row with a 22-foot birdie effort on the 13th to take
the lead. But, a poor approach shot on 14 led to a bogey. Johnson atoned for
that mistake with a 24-foot birdie putt on the 15th to regain the lead.
After a par on 16, Johnson pushed his lead to two strokes with a 14-footer for
birdie at 17. He parred the last to set the new tournament record by two
"Thursday was probably one of the better days I had ball striking for the
year," Johnson admitted. "I think I missed a green in regulation. I'm just
kind of loving the week. Today my putter got obviously hot specifically on the
Johnson won for the third time in the state of Texas. His other two titles
came at the Texas Open, where he shot 80 in the first round two weeks ago.
"I shot 80 the first round, which was probably one of the better things that
could have happened to me, because I kind of re-evaluated some things
mentally," explained Johnson, who collected $1.116 million for win.
"Fortunately, I adjusted pretty quick. I came into this week in good spirits.
No pressure, nothing to lose sort of spirit and fortunately it went my way."
Davis had back-to-back birdies from the first and again from the sixth to go
along with a bogey on the fifth. His string of 10 straight pars started on the
The Englishman had an outside chance at forcing a playoff at the last, but his
drive went well right of the fairway. Davis had a clear shot at the green, but
came up short in a bunker. He ended with a bogey to finish three back.
"I had a chance today. I just couldn't get over the hump," said Davis, who is
still searching for his first PGA Tour victory. "Zach played great today. He
won the tournament, I didn't lose it. Obviously, it's been a couple of times
now where guys have shot low to beat me. Maybe I need to go a bit lower next
Bryce Molder, who shared the lead twice on the front nine, stumbled to bogeys
on 16 and 17 to cap a round of even-par 70. He ended at 16-under-par 264 and
ended alongside Scott Verplank (65) in fifth place.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (67) and Ricky Barnes (66) were one stroke
further back at minus-15.
NOTES: The final round was completed despite two weather delays caused by
lightning in the area...2009 winner Steve Stricker closed with a 70 to end in
a tie for 38th at nine-under 272...On a good scoring day, just 20 of the 76
players that made the cut failed to shoot par or better...The PGA Tour heads
to Ohio next week for The Memorial, where Tiger Woods is scheduled to return
from his neck injury and defend his title.
05/30 20:59:50 ET