Johnson wins after late drama
Zach Johnson beat Tiger Woods at the first extra hole of a play-off to clinch the World Challenge title following a dramatic finish at Sherwood Country Club.
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Woods appeared to be on course for a sixth victory at the event he hosts in California as he led by four shots through ten holes of the final round.
But Johnson produced some superb golf down the stretch to reel in his man with a birdie at the par-three 17th drawing him level with long-time leader Woods at 13-under-par.
However, the drama was only just beginning to unfold. With Woods having dumped his approach at 18 into a greenside bunker, Johnson looked to have the upper hand only to then produce a borderline shank from the middle of the fairway, sending his ball into the water short of the green.
Incredibly, though, the 2007 Masters champion then responded by holing his next shot from the drop-zone to record an unlikely par.
Woods showed commendable composure to get up-and-down from the sand to force a play-off, but then found almost an identical spot in the same trap as the players went down 18 for a second time.
On this occasion Johnson found the left side of the green with his approach but saw his subsequent birdie putt just drift past the hole.
Having played another superb bunker shot, Woods had left himself about four feet to extend the play-off but could only watch on in disbelief as his effort lipped out.
It meant Johnson clinched the title for the first time after two runner-up finishes in what is the last edition of the tournament to be played at Sherwood.
A delighted Johnson (68) said of his remarkable chip-in at 18 first time around: "Lot of luck, but I had a good number and I'm very lucky it went in."
Woods (70) was magnanimous in defeat and commented: "It was pretty impressive what he did on 16, 17 and 18 and he got me."
Bubba Watson (70) and Matt Kuchar (67) finished in a tie for third at nine-under, Kuchar threatening to get in the shake-up after a front nine of just 31 strokes before seeing his challenge derailed by a double-bogey at ten.
Webb Simpson was two shots further back in fifth, while defending champion Graeme McDowell ended in sixth, one place ahead of Ian Poulter.
Collated final round scores & totals
(USA unless stated, par 72):
275 Zach Johnson 67 68 72 68 (Zach Johnson won at 1st play-off hole), Tiger Woods 71 62 72 70
279 Matt Kuchar 68 68 76 67, Bubba Watson 70 70 69 70
281 Webb Simpson 73 71 69 68
283 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 72 67 75 69
285 Ian Poulter (Eng) 76 67 73 69
286 Jim Furyk 72 69 74 71
287 Bill Haas 73 68 74 72, Jason Day (Aus) 76 68 70 73
288 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 73 77 68 70
291 Hunter Mahan 70 80 72 69
292 Keegan Bradley 75 68 75 74, Jason Dufner 74 71 78 69
295 Steve Stricker 75 74 74 72
297 Jordan Spieth 77 72 77 71, Lee Westwood (Eng) 74 75 74 74
299 Dustin Johnson 74 79 72 74