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Zach Johnson wins PGA's BWM Championship

Zach Johnson shoots 6-under 65 for his 10th career win and gets the No. 4 seed in the Tour Championship.

Zach Johnson shoots 6-under 65 for his 10th career win and gets the No. 4 seed in the Tour Championship.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Zach Johnson is having a September to remember, and there's still one very big week to go.

In one tournament, he made a 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole to earn the last spot on the Presidents Cup team. In the next one, Johnson made a bunch of big putts in the final round of the rain-delayed BMW Championship for a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney.

Next up?

His victory Monday at Conway Farms gave Johnson the No. 4 seed going into Tour Championship, giving him a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

"It's hard to grasp the last two weeks of golf," said Johnson, after finishing at 16-under 268. "It's not like you have to win every week to win that FedEx Cup. You've just got to win at the right times, or play well at the right times. And I like the momentum I have for next week."

Johnson's 10th career win came at the expense of Jim Furyk, who endured another final-round disappointment. Furyk, who had a one-shot lead, has failed to win the past six times he had at least a share of the lead going into the last round. He holed a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 10 for a two-shot lead but played the last eight holes in 2 over and wound up with 71 to finish third.

Furyk had to settle for a slice of history Friday as the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59. Only three players in that exclusive club went on to win.

"I don't know if I used them all up on Friday and knocked them all in or what, but I just wasn't able to get the putts to go," Furyk said.

Johnson wasn't the only player who felt like a winner Monday.

Luke Donald, a member at Conway Farms, was No. 54 in the FedEx Cup and was on the verge of being left out of the top 30 players who advanced to the Tour Championship. He ran off four straight birdies on the back nine, atoned for a bogey on No. 16 with a birdie on the 17th, then saved par from a bunker on the 18th hole for 66 to tie for fourth. That moved him up to No. 29 to get him into East Lake.

Watney was at No. 34, and he went from playing his way into the top 30 to nearly winning the tournament. He closed with 64 and was tied for the lead until Johnson made an 18-foot birdie putt out of the first cut on the 16th hole, then a 12-footer for birdie on the next hole.

The FedEx Cup points will be reset, meaning the top five only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the cup.

Tiger Woods is the No. 1 seed, though he doesn't go there with much momentum. He started the final round four shots behind and was never a factor, closing with 71 and tied for 11th, seven shots behind.

Zach Johnson wins PGA's BWM Championship 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 8:58pm]
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