Zach Johnson Holds His Nerve In Play Off
At the end of an extraordinary Open Championship Zach Johnson emerged as the winner after a 3 way play-off. After the torrential rain at the weekend the final rounds were played out today resulting in a 3-way tie. Zach Johnson, Marc Leichman and Louis Oosthuizen then had to play 4 extra holes in a play-off.
Following all of the drama from the weekend it was almost fitting that one of the longest Open tournaments should be extended still further. In the end at the top of a very tight leaderboard, three names emerged.
Any play-off is going to be a nervous affair and this proved to be the case. In the end it was Johnson who came out on top. The 39 year old describing the whole experience as “humbling” and an honour to be part of a great tournament like the open.
-15 Z Johnson (US) (Won after four-hole play-off), M Leishman (Aus), L Oosthuizen (SA); -14 J Spieth (US), J Day (Aus); -11 D Willett (Eng), J Rose (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), J Niebrugge (US) (a); -10 B Koepka (US), A Scott (Aus)
Selected others: -9 L Donald (Eng), M Kaymer (Ger), A Chesters (Eng) (a); -7 P Mickelson (US) P Dunne (Ire) (a); -5 P Lawrie (Sco); -4 D Johnson (US). Full leaderboard
American Zach Johnson claimed his second major title with victory in a three-man play-off on a thrilling final day in the 144th Open Championship.
The 2007 Masters winner finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes.
Earlier, the three ended on 15 under to lead a competitive field at St Andrews.
Jordan Spieth’s hopes of a Grand Slam were ended as he finished on 14 under along with Australia’s Jason Day.
Joint halfway leader Danny Willett and fellow Englishman Justin Rose both carded two-under 70s, as did Spaniard Sergio Garcia, to finish joint sixth on 11 under.
American Jordan Niebrugge also hit a 70 to finish 11 under and claim the Silver Medal for leading amateur ahead of Ireland’s Paul Dunne, the joint overnight leader, who shot a six-over 78 to drop to joint 30th on six under.
Australian Adam Scott was in contention but a poor back nine gave him a one-under 71 and a share of 10th on 10 under.
Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who claimed back-to-back Open titles in 2007 and 2008, started well with three birdies in his first five holes but a double-bogey on six checked his progress and he ended up carding a three-over 75 to finish joint 20th on seven under.
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