Johnson Tames Tiger with Unlikely Pitch
It might be golf's Silly Season, but there was nothing lighthearted about the intensity Zach Johnson brought to the final few holes of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Trailing tournament host Tiger Woods by four shots with eight holes to play, Johnson found some magic with his short irons and found himself tied with Tiger on the 18th tee.
Johnson's worst shot of the week — a tepid 8-iron approach shot that found the hazard — threatened to bring an anticlimactic end to a compelling weekend. Instead, Johnson holed out from the drop area for an unlikely par, forcing Woods to get up and down from a greenside bunker just to force a playoff. Here's the shot that send cheers resounding across Sherwood Country Club:
On the first extra hole, Johnson completed the stunning comeback when Tiger missed a 5-footer for par, one of a couple of costly misses for the world's No. 1 player.
To his credit, Tiger didn't play the excuse game. "Pretty impressive what he did," Woods said. "He got me."
Tiger still called 2013 a "damn good year," one that featured five wins. But it ended with one that shockingly got away.