Zach Johnson outsteadies them at Hyundai
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions | Wrap | 07 Jan 2014
Zach Johnson began the final round of the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions two shots behind Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth and held off spirited challenges from several others during his final round of 66 to win by one over Spieth with Kevin Streelman and Webb Simpson tying for 3rd.
For the 37 year old Johnson it was his 11th PGA Tour title and should ensure he moves to at least 7th in the World Ranking from his current 9th position and will ensure he heads to Waialae for this coming week’s Sony Open, an event he has won previously, with his game in the best possible shape and in the best possible mindset to win yet again.
Johnson in his usual methodical manner played percentage golf and in his own words took the layout apart. “I didn’t deviate away from anything I typically do on the golf course. It was fairways and greens for me trying to keep myself under the hole to give myself an aggressive look and trusting in what I do.”
Johnson is such a versatile player, his victories coming on both long golf courses such as this week’s Plantation layout and Augusta National and others coming on courses such as the Colonial where absolute precision and shotmaking is the key.
With earnings now or more than US$31,000,000 he is one of the most successful players of the past ten years since joining the PGA Tour in 2004. He now stands in 14th position amongst the all time career money earners on the PGA Tour.
The 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Spieth, birdied his final two holes to further confirm his exciting future on the PGA Tour when finishing alone in second position. It will be another seven months before Spieth turns 21 and he already owns one title and more than US$4.5 million in earnings.
Streelman and Simpson have both been in fine form of late, Simpson producing his 5th top ten in succession with his share of 3rd while Streelman although not at the peak of his game such as Simpson has been very solid over the last few months. He was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open but that aside there have been numerous cuts made.
Adam Scott threatened to challenge for the lead when a 14 foot eagle putt at the 15th for eagle dropped to move him within one shot of the lead but a slow start to the week had left him with a little too much to do and a bogey at the last saw him finish in a share of 6th position.
Scott will play this coming week’s Sony Open before taking the best part of seven weeks away from tournament golf.
The PGA Tour now heads north and west to Honolulu, a distance of around 100 kilometres, for this week’s Sony Open.