by Jeff Skinner
Zach Johnson has been called most underrated player on the PGA Tour but don’t tell him that. The 2007 Masters Champion and ten time PGA Tour winner always seems to be in contention as he thrills us with that deadly wedge of his.
Such was the case today at Tiger Woods’ Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Johnson’s wedge and iron play over the last three holes enabled him to force a tie with Woods after 72 holes and then a solid two putt par on the first playoff hole gave him the victory.
Woods was left laughing at himself on the 18th green as he missed a four foot putt that would have continued the playoff. Woods and Johnson were still a little bit amused at how they got there.
On the 72nd hole with both players tied for the lead, Johnson rinsed his approach shot. Woods was in the front bunker but with Johnson hitting four from the drop zone an up and down looked like it would give Tiger his sixth World Challenge trophy.
That’s when Johnson unleashed that killer wedge. His ball hit, bounced past the hole and spun back into the cup. All Zach could do was laugh at his “routine par” and Tiger couldn’t hide his smile at Johnson’s shot.
It’s not often Tiger misses a four footer with something on the line. But even he realized the humor in the way things ended. Zach was still laughing afterwards as he grabbed the trophy.
Here’s the playoff hole:
Here’s the shot that saved Johnson’s round: