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World Challenge: Johnson Overcomes Tiger in Play-Off
Zach Johnson overcame Tiger Woods in a dogged play-off display to win the World Challenge in California.
In a brilliant conclusion, Johnson found water with his approach at the 18th before managing to hole from the drop zone. Playing partner Woods then put his bunker escape to within four feet and made par, forcing the play-off.
At the 18th hole for the first extra, Woods found sand again with his approach and then missed a par putt from five feet to hand Johnson a hard-fought victory.
Tiger Woods was tournament host at Sherwood Country Club and he was aiming to win his sixth tournament of the year; however this was not an official PGA Tour event.
Two-time winner of the competition, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, was highest-placed European on five-under in the 18-man field. But it was Woods and Johnson who finished the regulation 72 holes on 13 under par.
Woods carded a final-round 70, while Johnson fired four birdies in his last eight holes for closing 68, a frenetic finish to what was an incredible encounter.
Following the miss from Woods which handed Johnson his second tournament victory of the year, he said: "You want to end the tournament with someone making a putt. You don't want to see it like that, especially when he has hit a really good sand shot.
"He played great, he didn't make as many putts as I did. That's all it really was.
"Everybody talks about going head to head with him. That's what I want as a competitor; I want to play against the best. He's the best I've ever played with, and I want to put myself in that position.
"I just like to compete and being in those situations where you get into holes you have to execute, you have to hit a shot. I feel very honoured to be the champion."