Zach Johnson prevails at the John Deere Classic
By mustang6560 on 7/16/12
If you missed any of the coverage of the John Deere Classic, allow me to fill you in on the highlights.

A Midwesterner (Zach Johnson) won a Midwestern golf tournament (John Deere Classic) and it was a joyous occasion for the entire Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin), expect for fellow Midwesterner Steve Stricker, who failed to four-peat at TPC Deere Run. But, everyone in the Midwest is good people so there are no hard feelings between either Midwesterner.

I was in New Orleans yesterday so I did not get to watch much of the final round coverage, however, I was glued to my phone tracking Steve. I wasn't necessarily rooting against Troy Matteson or Zach Johnson, but I definitely wanted to see Steve repeat his repeat of his first repeat. In golf, being the defending champion means nothing. It's definitely an honor to be the defending champion, but there is no strategic advantage. So the fact Steve had a chance to join elite company by winning the same tournament four times in a row was something worth rooting for.

Alas, Steve finished with three bogeys on the last four holes to finish in a three-way tie for fifth. Zach did play stellar golf yesterday and earned his ninth PGA Tour victory. If I didn't know any better, I'd say Zach is trying to earn a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame. His career is quickly becoming a great career.

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
the playoff was a match of "who's train will wreck the least". I can't believe they both put it in the water on the 2nd shot. Then hit crappy chips, then hit crappy first putts to tie. I mean, jeez. It was painful to watch.
Backquak says:
That was ugly, I think they were saying to each other, "I don't want to win like this, lets go back and start over." the second play-off hole was much better.
bducharm says:
Troy was a winner anyway - he got in to the British Open with his finish. His eagle putt on 17 put him in!!!
mjaber says:
I wanted to smack Johnson around with all of his drop-re-drop-re-drop-re-drop. He dropped the first specifically to get relief from the obstruction, and then repeatedly dropped right on top of his tee. Just drop the damn ball and hit it.
wrhall02 says:
I agree with @birdieX about the first play off hole; both played lousy. After Matteson dumped it in the drink, Johnson should have played safe from the bunker.

Johnson's near eagle on the second playoff hole was one of the best pressure shots I have ever witnessed. He executed from the same bunker where he made a huge error just minutes ago!!!
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