Johnson wins BMW Day shares 4th
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 BMW Championship | Wrap | 17 Sep 2013
Zach Johnson today produced an almost flawless final round of 65 to win the BMW Championship near Chicago, his first victory since the John Deere Classic 14 months ago.
With top ten finishes in five of his last six events leading into this week, Johnson had been throwing out signals that his game was ready to win his 10th PGA Tour title but against a field of this quality he needed something special and today he got it.
Johnson finished two ahead Nick Watney with third round leader, Jim Furyk alone in 3rd position two ahead of Luke Donald, Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker.
The 2007 Masters Champion moves to 12th in the world ranking and to 4th in the FedEx Cup standing and has set himself up with a great opportunity to win the FedEX Cup and the US$10 million bonus. The leading five players in the revised FedEx Cup ranking now have the fate of the FedEx Cup in their hands. If any of those five, (Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson or Matt Kuchar) were to win this coming week’s Tour Championship they would win the overall bonus without being reliant on the performance of others to determine their fate.
The way the points system is now structured, any player now remaining inside the top 30 and on their way to Atlanta could mathematically win the FedEx Cup with a victory although, other then those top five, there would need to be some miraculous twists of fortune and help from others for that to be the case.
By finishing in a share of 11th position this week Tiger Woods retains his position atop the FedEx Cup rankings.
Adam Scott and Jason Day in third and 14th position respectively in the FedEx Cup table are the only Australians through to the Tour Championship although spare a thought for Matt Jones who had a ten footer at the last which if he had made would have seen him into the season ending event for the first time.
He missed the putt and would finish in 8th position this week 32nd position in the FedEx Cup table and so misses the chance to join he leading 30 players in Atlanta. Still, for Jones, it has been a great season with close to US$1.725 million in earnings on the PGA Tour, his best season by far.
After Day’s great 4th placing and Jones’ 8th, Adam Scott finished 28th this week and Marc Leishman 39th with Leishman missing out on making it to the Tour Championship for the second occasion.