Chicago - Zach
Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, fired a six-under par 65 Monday to
win the US PGA's $8 million (6 million euros) BMW Championship after Jim
Furyk squandered his sixth consecutive 54-hole lead.
37-year-old American, fired a final-round 65 to finish 72 holes on
16-under par 268, two strokes ahead of countryman Nick Watney, who
closed with a 64, with Furyk another shot adrift after a final-round 71.
captured the $1.44 million top prize and his 10th career title, his
first since last year's John Deere Classic, as well as giving himself a
chance to win the $10 million tour playoff crown in the season-ending
Tour Championship that starts Thursday in Atlanta.
difficult," Johnson said of the importance of his 10th win in 10 PGA
seasons. "The parity on the tour and in the world is second to none. I'm
just thankful it has been 10 years and hopefully many more."
number one Tiger Woods, Sweden's Henrik Stenson, Australian Adam Scott
and American Matt Kuchar can also claim the playoff title with a victory
in the 30-man showdown at East Lake.
Furyk botched a chance for
his 16th career title and his first since winning the 2010 Tour
Championship with another final-round failure, following on from last
month's PGA Championship when Jason Dufner passed him to win the year's
final major title.
England's Luke Donald, a member at host course
Conway Farms, shared fourth with Aussie Jason Day and Americans Hunter
Mahan and Steve Stricker on 273.
That allowed Donald to jump from 54th to 29th in the PGA season points race and qualify for the Tour Championship.
"I knew I had to go pretty low," Donald said. "Fortunately I got it going a little bit on the back nine when I needed to."
jumped from 34th to 12th with his runner-up effort to also make the
field in Atlanta, with England's Lee Westwood and American Harris
English bumped out.
"I knew I needed to have a good week," Watney
said. "The guys ahead of me were ahead of me for a reason. They've been
playing well all year. Luckily for me I kind of pulled everything
Aussie Matt Jones fell short, sharing seventh on 274 to finish 32nd in points.
who fired only the sixth 59 in US PGA Tour history on Friday to match
the record-low for 18 holes, led Stricker by a stroke when they began
the final round on Monday, a day late due to storms that halted play
Sunday before the last 22 players in the field of 70 could tee off.
Stricker opened with a bogey to fall back, as did Woods, who began five back but was never able to make a charge for the lead.
birdied the par-4 fourth hole to stretch his lead and began the back
nine with a birdie to reach 15-under, two shots in front of Johnson, who
birdied the par-3 second and had back-to-back birdies at the seventh
and par-5 eighth.
But when Johnson birdied the par-4 12th and
Furyk took a bogey at the par-3 11th, the US duo were deadlocked atop
the leaderboard at 14-under, with Watney only one stroke back.
birdied the par-3 17th and closed with a par to reach the clubhouse at
14-under with a share of the lead while Furyk stumbled with a bogey at
the 13th before making a birdie at the 14th to remain in the lead trio.
But Johnson birdied the par-4 16th to reach 15-under and made a 13-foot birdie putt at the 17th to grab a two-stroke lead.
found a bunker off the 16th tee, then the right rough and missed a
13-foot par putt, dropping him to 13-under and three back of Johnson. He
could only muster pars on the 17th and par-5 18th and Johnson took the
Leading scores on Monday after the storm-interrupted final round of the $8 million US PGA Tour BMW Championship (USA unless noted, par 71):
268 - Zach Johnson 64-70-69-65
270 - Nick Watney 67-69-70-64
271 - Jim Furyk 72-59-69-71
273 - Jason Day (AUS) 71-66-70-66, Luke Donald (ENG) 70-70-67-66, Hunter Mahan 68-73-65-67, Steve Stricker 66-71-64-72
274 - Matt Jones (AUS) 69-71-67-67, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 66-70-69-69, Brandt Snedeker 63-68-71-72
275 - Jimmy Walker 72-65-70-68, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 69-71-66-69, Ryan Moore 67-69-69-70, Tiger Woods 66-72-66-71
276 - Roberto Castro 68-69-71-68
277 - Keegan Bradley 74-67-70-66, Jordan Spieth 71-65-73-68
279 - Billy Horschel 73-69-71-66, Gary Woodland 68-72-71-68, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 71-68-70-70, John Merrick 67-73-69-70, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 70-68-69-72
280 - David Lynn (ENG) 73-71-68-68
281 - Chris Kirk 75-70-70-66, Bubba Watson 71-71-69-70, Webb Simpson 72-69-69-71, Matt Kuchar 74-73-61-73
282 - Adam Scott (AUS) 67-73-75-67, Bill Haas 72-71-72-67, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 70-73-72-67, David Hearn (CAN) 72-68-71-71, Daniel Summerhays 72-70-68-72