Z. Johnson's story prevails above others at Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – It was neither historic nor heartwarming, but the hurried final hours of the 144th Open Championship were infinitely entertaining.

A championship many didn’t think would ever end wrapped up with the masses pining for more when the proceedings were drawn to a close by Zach Johnson, who with a relatively mundane par at his 76th hole made the transition from being arguably the game’s most underrated major champion to an undisputed Hall of Famer.

It was a strangely orderly finale to what otherwise felt like a Grand Slam fire drill.

A day that began with three players tied for the lead quickly descended into a game of musical chairs, with eight players holding at least a share of the lead, and the event’s first playoff since 2009.

Johnson, already an 11-time PGA Tour winner and major champion, took his turn at the top with a birdie at the 10th hole after an opening nine of 31. He staked his claim to the claret jug with a charging 30-footer for birdie at the last for a final-round 66 more than an hour before the trailing game completed their round.

From there he watched and waited. He watched Jason Day, one of the 54-hole leaders, play his final 12 holes in even par to finish a stroke out of the playoff.

He watched Adam Scott move into a share of the lead with a birdie on No. 7 only to endure another painful Open collapse playing his last five holes in 5 over.

“It's hard to digest it all at the moment,” an emotional Scott said after a closing 71. “Maybe it was too much to ask today.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 21 Jul 2015 08:09:53

 



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