Zach Johnson finished one shot clear of fellow American Jason Dufner to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. It was his second victory in the event since 2010.

It could have been a different story as Johnson was given a two-stroke penalty on the final hole. The American failed to move his marker back to the correct position after shifting it a putter head length away from Jason Dufner’s line. Fortunately, he then holed out and had enough in reserve to win by a shot.

“I’m going to focus on the positives, because I hit a really solid putt and it’s a good thing I made it,” Johnson said. “No harm, no foul. It was my fault.”

The final round was effectively a head-to-head contest between Johnson and Dufner. The 2010 champion held a one-stroke lead coming to the 15th hole and it was the 414-yard par four that would prove to be the turning point.

Dufner’s approach touched the left side of the green before rolling into a water hazard. He ended up making a disastrous triple bogey and, when Johnson secured a par, he had a four shot cushion.

For Dufner it was a disappointing day but he was able to remain upbeat. He won last week at the Byron Nelson Championship and has moved into the top-10 on the Official World Golf Ranking. Together with Luke Donald, he’s the most on-form golfer in the game at present.

“It was a pretty good run, but a little disappointing today,” he said. “I feel pretty good though, just played poorly today.”

Tommy “two gloves” Gainey fired a solid final round of 67 to finish the week in third place with Jim Furyk a stroke further back in fourth.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
24-27 May, purse $6,400,000, par 70

1   Zach Johnson (USA)   64   67   65   72   268   $1,152,000
2   Jason Dufner (USA)   65   64   66   74   269   $691,200

3   Tommy Gainey (USA)   66   67   73   67   273   $435,200
4   Jim Furyk (USA)      69   69   68   68   274   $307,200
T5   Harris English (USA)   65   70   73   67   275   $216,960
T5   Rickie Fowler (USA)   68   68   70   69   275   $216,960

T5   John Huh (USA)      70   66   69   70   275   $216,960
T5   Chris Kirk (USA)      71   69   70   65   275   $216,960
T5   Ryan Palmer (USA)   68   67   70   70   275   $216,960

T10   Jonas Blixt (Swe)      73   67   66   71   277   $160,000
T10   Jonathan Byrd (USA)   72   68   67   70   277   $160,000
T10   Ben Crane (USA)      70   71   68   68   277   $160,000

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
European Tour –
Luke Donald wins BMW PGA Championship