Zach Johnson of the USA fired a final round of 65 to win the rain-delayed BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC by two strokes over his countryman Nick Watney.
Johnson has moved to fourth on the FedEx Cup rankings with just the Tour Championship to play. He has a very realistic chance of winning the $10,000,000 bonus and, in fact, if he wins at East Lake, he will take that prize.
“It’s not like you have to win every week to win that FedExCup,” he said. “You’ve just got to win at the right times, or play well at the right times. And I like the momentum I have for next week.”
Although he’s taken over from Henrik Stenson at Number 1 on the FedEx Cup rankings, Tiger Woods doesn’t have such great momentum going into the Tour Championship. He had a chance to win this event going into the final round, but he couldn’t get it going on Monday and he closed with a disappointing 71 to end the week tied for 11th.
It was also a poor day for Jim Furyk. In round two, he became only the sixth man in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. But he is now the third of those six to fail to secure victory despite the historic round.
He carried a one-stroke lead into the final round, but his putter was cold on Monday and he could only finish in third place. It was the sixth straight time he’s failed to win when carrying the lead, or share of the lead, into the last round.
“I don’t know if I used them all up on Friday and knocked them all in or what, but I just wasn’t able to get the putts to go,” he said.
With only the top-30 on the FedEx Cup points list progressing to East Lake next week, there was plenty of tension as the final groups completed their rounds at Conway Farms.
Luke Donald had reason to celebrate. He posted a closing 66 to lift himself into a tie for fourth. Prior to the event he was 54th on the standings, but this result propelled him to 29th. Nick Watney also moved into the top-30 with his excellent second place finish.
The news wasn’t so good for Matt Jones. The Australian needed to hole an eight-foot birdie putt on the final green to secure his spot at East Lake, but it lipped out.
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Illinois
Sep 12-16, purse $8,000,000, par 71
1 Zach Johnson (USA) 64 70 69 65 268 $1,440,000
2 Nick Watney (USA) 67 69 70 64 270 $864,000
3 Jim Furyk (USA) 72 59 69 71 271 $544,000
T4 Luke Donald (Eng) 70 70 67 66 273 $315,000
T4 Jason Day (Aus) 71 66 70 66 273 $315,000
T4 Hunter Mahan (USA) 68 73 65 67 273 $315,000
T4 Steve Stricker (USA) 66 71 64 72 273 $315,000
T8 Matt Jones (Aus) 69 71 67 67 274 $232,000
T8 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 66 70 69 69 274 $232,000
T8 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 63 68 71 72 274 $232,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage