Sunday, June 24, 2018

Johnson stuns Tiger to win World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Zach Johnson put together the storybook finish at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday that for the longest time belonged to Tiger Woods.

Johnson rallied from four shots back with eight holes to play, holed out from a drop area for par on No. 18 and beat Woods in a playoff at the World Challenge when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.

"Pretty impressive what he did," Woods said. "He got me."

It was an impressive sendoff for Woods' charity tournament. Sherwood hosted it for the 14th and final time. It moves next year to Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, near Orlando.

"I feel very fortunate and a bit lucky," said Johnson, who moved into the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time.

For Woods, it was only the fourth time in his career that he lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round — he entered Sunday leading Johnson by two — and the second time it has happened at Sherwood. Graeme McDowell overcame a four-shot deficit in 2010 in this tournament and beat Woods in a playoff.

Woods and Johnson were tied after Johnson hit his tee shot to 4 feet for birdie on 17. On 18, Johnson figured if he could stick his wedge close from 58 yards away in the drop zone, a bogey might be enough to get into a playoff. The ball bounced three times and then spun back a few inches into the cup for par and 4-under 68.

Woods, in a bunker, hit within 2 feet and got par for 70. They finished at 13-under 275.

Ko gets first pro win: Lydia Ko, 16, won her first title as a pro, closing with 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over So Yeon Ryu in the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters at Taipei, Taiwan. Ko finished at 11-under 205 in the 54-hole event sponsored by the Korean and Taiwanese LPGA tours. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (77) was 14 over. Ko won four pro events as an amateur.

Nedbank Golf Challenge: Thomas Bjorn shot 7-under 65 to win the European Tour event by two at 20-under 268 over third-round leader Jamie Donaldson (67) and Sergio Garcia (66) in Sun City, South Africa. Fans on No. 18 hailed Bjorn with streams of South African flags on a day dedicated to prayer and reflection after former President Nelson Mandela's death Thursday.

More European: Miguel Angel Jimenez successfully defended his Hong Kong Open title to extend his record as the oldest winner in tour history. The Spaniard won at 49 years, 337 days to break the record he set last year, holing an 18-foot birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley. "I turn 50 next month, but I'm still fit," Jimenez said. "I stretch every morning."

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