Oakley Pro Golfer Go 1, 2, 3 At Colonial - Johnson Sets Scoring Record
Zach Johnson (wearing a Jet Black Flak Jacket with G30 XLJ lenses) won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Johnson scored a tournament record 21-under 259, sealing his victory with a pair of birdies in the short span of play in between two late weather delays on Sunday.
When Johnson sank a 14-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole to take a two-stroke lead over Brian Davis, he had a wide smile on his face and emphatically pumped his fist. But the real celebration had to wait.
“As far as momentum and a big putt, that was a big one,” said Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion. “I didn’t have a number in my head, but I figure if you get to 21, you have got a pretty good chance.”
Johnson’s closing 6-under 64 left him three strokes ahead of Brian Davis, (also wearing a Jet Black Flak Jacket with G30 XLJ lenses) who had a closing 68
“Zach won the tournament, I didn’t lose it,” Davis said. “It was a weird feeling walking up 18 knowing you can’t win.”
When the horn sounded to suspend play the first time, Johnson was approaching his tee shot at No. 15 that had landed in the right rough short of a bunker. After that delay, he hit his approach onto the green and made the putt to get back to 20 under.
By time play was stopped again 31 minutes later, before he teed off at 18 for a closing par, Johnson was ready for the plaid jacket.
“Quite frankly, the biggest one, I thought, was probably on 15,” he said. “It calmed me down.”
The delays were because of threatening weather. Light rain fell despite sunny skies after the second delay lasted 46 minutes, a minute shorter than the first one.
Jeff Overton and Ben Crane (wearing a Polished White Flak Jacket with G30 XLJ lenses) both shot 67 to finish tied for third at 17 under. Scott Verplank (65) and Bryce Molder (70), who led after the second and third rounds, were another shot back.
Davis was again contending for his first PGA Tour victory, six weeks after the 35-year-old Englishman called a two-stroke penalty on himself on the first hole of a playoff at Hilton Head.
At Colonial, Davis was 19 under with a two-stroke lead after a 5 1/2-foot putt at the seventh hole. But that was his last birdie of the day. A 9-footer at No. 17 slid just past the cup, then he finished with a bogey.
Along with the plaid jacket, Johnson got a $1.116 million check.
Congratulations Zach, Brian & Ben – from all of Oakley worldwide.