The US Bank Championship.
Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Par 70, 6,759 yards
While all eyes were on Birkdale, Swedens Richard S. Johnson was in Milwaukee claiming his first PGA Tour victory – with a superb final round of 64 on Sunday enough to win the U.S. Bank Championship by a single shot.
Johnson started the final round at ten-under, a shot back from Gavin Coles and Nick Flanagan, but the Australian pair could only manage level-par rounds of 70 to finish in a tie for eleventh place.
An opening round of 63, including a hole-in-one at the par-three fourteenth, set Johnson on his way, and he closed out victory with birdies on his last two holes on Sunday.
American Ken Duke finished in second on 15-under after a 65, while compatriots Dean Wilson, Chad Campbell and Chris Riley all finished a further two shots behind. Kenny Perry, heavily criticised for his decision not to travel to The Open, fired a closing 64 to finish in sixth place at 12-under.
Johnson is the sixth Swedish golfer to win on the PGA Tour, and this victory will come as a huge relief to the qualifying-school graduate who had only made three cuts from ten starts prior to this event.
It all started on that first day. I made that hole-in-one, and all of a sudden I felt like I could make some birdies, said Johnson.
[On 18] I hit a three wood just straight at the pin and it rolled up to 20 feet and I two-putted for birdie.
1 Richard S Johnson (SWE). 63, 67, 70, 64. 264. $720,000
2 Ken Duke (USA). 67, 65, 68, 65. 265. $432,000
3 Chris Riley (USA). 68, 66, 67, 66. 267. $208,000
3 Chad Campbell (USA). 67, 67, 68, 65. 267. $208,000
3 Dean Wilson (USA). 65, 73, 64, 65. 267. $208,000
Note: Player in bold signifies Titleist ball usage.