Flak Jacket XLJ with Positive Red Iridium lenses found his putting touch in time for a season-salvaging victory in the Valero Texas Open."> Flak Jacket XLJ with Positive Red Iridium lenses found his putting touch in time for a season-salvaging victory in the Valero Texas Open.">

Johnson Scores Win In Positive Red Iridium

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Zach Johnson, wearing Flak Jacket XLJ with Positive Red Iridium lenses found his putting touch in time for a season-salvaging victory in the Valero Texas Open.

“I’ve been working on my putting over the last six weeks with my coaches and it really paid off this week,” Johnson said. “I had a tough year, but the putts started to fall today and that’s why I’m at the top of the leaderboard.”

The 2007 Masters champion who entered the week with only one top-10 finish this year, Johnson followed his third-round 62 with a 64 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Charlie Wi (61), Mark Wilson (63) and Tim Wilkinson (64).

The win in the Falls Series event, capped off by a 5-foot birdie putt on 18, was his fourth victory on the PGA Tour. In addition to the 2007 Masters, he won the 2004 BellSouth Classic and 2007 AT&T.

“This week I was just concentrating on the process not the outcome,” Johnson said. “I had six weeks off this fall (after not qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs) and I just rededicated myself to getting back to what I used to do.”

Johnson never trailed on the back nine, but both Wi and Wilkinson kept the pressure on with birdies putts of their own. On the par-4 18th hole, Johnson hit his drive more than 300 yards and put his 9-iron approach shot to within 5 feet.

“I’m not proud of many shots, but I was proud of that one,” Johnson said.

The ensuing walk up the 18th fairway was filled with smiles and waves from the crowd, while his wife and young son waited behind the green.

“Hopefully there are many more to come,” Johnson said.

Author

Matt Murray

Date

October 15, 2008