Zach Johnson wins Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

Zach Johnson won the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge with a dramatic play-off victory over Tiger Woods.

Woods, who hosts the tournament, looked to have wrapped up victory when he was four shots clear with eight holes to play.

But Johnson birdied 11,12,16 and 17, which meant that playing partner Tiger and him played 18 all square.

The real drama was still to come, Johnson’s approach to 18 found the water in front of the green, so Johnson was playing his 4th from the drop zone while Woods was on the green in 2.

Incredibly Johnson then holed his chip, and when Woods missed his birdie attempt it was all to a play-off.

It only took one extra hole, where a Woods thre-putt meant that Johnson’s regulation par won the event.

“I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky,” said Johnson

Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, CA
December 5-8, par 72, $3,500,000

1 Zach Johnson (USA) 67 68 72 68 = 275 $1,000,000
2 Tiger Woods (USA) 71 62 72 70 = 275 $400,000
T3 Bubba Watson (USA) 70 70 69 70 = 279 $212,500
T3 Matt Kuchar (USA) 68 68 76 67 = 279 $212,500
5 Webb Simpson (USA) 73 71 69 68 = 281 $150,000
6 Graeme McDowell 72 67 75 69 = 283 $145,000
7 Ian Poulter 76 67 73 69 = 285 $140,000
8 Jim Furyk 72 69 74 71 = 286 $135,000
T9 Bill Haas 73 68 74 72 = 287 $122,500
T9 Jason Day 76 68 70 73 = 287 $122,500

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