Zach Johnson Has Some Big Ones
I wrote earlier that Tiger's birdie on No. 2 could be the turning point in this tournament, but bogeys at Nos. 6 and 10 pretty much torpedoed his chances. Well, not quite. After an unbelievable second shot at the Par-5, 13th, Woods nailed the short eagle putt to cut the lead to two strokes. But that was as close as he would get.
Because Zach Johnson -- who before today was known only to hardcore golf nerds, family and friends -- played the best round of his career. And it's not everyday you say that about a 69. But it's not everyday a 31-year-old, one-time PGA Tour winner shoots 3-under on Sunday at Augusta ... when in contention.
Unlike every big-named golfer predicted to challenge Tiger earlier in the week, it was Johnson -- before today ranked 70th on the PGA Money List -- who closed the deal. And you know what? Good for him. I don't think he'll "be the guy" to finally challenge Woods, but you have to admire a someone who doesn't falter under what has to be immense pressure. He definitely earned this victory ... and the good news is that Johnson can play Augusta National for the rest of his life. And if he's lucky, they might even let him hit the ceremonial tee shot in 50 years or so.