Johnson tops Matteson in playoff for John Deere
July 17, 2012, 12:28 am TWN
SILVIS, Illinois -- Zach Johnson won the John Deere Classic on the second playoff hole Sunday, hitting his second shot to within a foot for a birdie putt to beat Troy Matteson.
After Johnson and Matteson double-bogeyed the 18th on the first playoff hole, Johnson hit a 193-yard second shot from a bunker to 12 inches from the cup on the second playoff hole, again on the 18th. Matteson needed to sink a 43-footer to match Johnson's birdie, but didn't get the putt to the hole.
It was Johnson's second win of the season and ninth of his career.
“It just feels awesome,” Johnson said. “This tournament has meant so much to me and my family, from when they gave me exemptions to being a part of its board.”
Johnson birdied three of the last six holes in regulation, taking the lead until Matteson sank a 60-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th.
Matteson had a double-bogey on the 15th to hand Johnson the lead, but ran down the long putt while Johnson was on the 18th green to draw even. Johnson made par on the 18th in regulation for a bogey-free 6-under 65 that left him at 20-under 264. Matteson shot 2-under 69.
Johnson's 6-iron from the bunker on the second playoff hole gave the crowd a chance to roar louder than it had all day. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about an hour from the Quad Cities, has always been a fan favorite at the tournament.