Winner: Zach Johnson
Around the wider world of golf: Tom Lehman got his first Champions Tour victory at the 71st Senior PGA Championship, winning a playoff against Fred Couples and David Frost; Mi-Jeong Jeon won the Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA; Luke Donald finally got off the schnide with a victory at the ET's Madrid Masters; Maria Hernandez Munoz won the LET's Allianz Ladies Slovak Open (Laura Davies came in 3rd, 2 shots back); and Meaghan Francella beat Mariajo Uribe in a 6-hole playoff at the LPGA's HSBC Brasil Cup. (Figures they wouldn't televise it, doesn't it?) My South Carolina girl Kristy McPherson came in 4th!
BTW, in case you were completely out-of-touch this weekend, Dario Franchitti became the first man to win both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 in the same year, Danica Patrick took 6th at the Indy, and the NBA Playoffs will be a rematch of the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers.
So many great stories were in the air at Colonial. Lightning tried to disrupt things several times, but in the end it was experience that came through.
Zach Johnson ended up setting a new tournament record of 21-under, 2 lower than the record held (twice) by Kenny Perry. Several players made runs at Zach, but he shot the lowest round of the day -- tied only by Geoff Ogilvy, who was a bit too far back to contend.
Of course, if you shoot back-to-back 64s on the weekend, you make it hard for anybody to contend.
It looks like Brian Davis (who, for the 2nd time this year, snagged a 2nd), Jeff Overton, and Bryce Molder are all very close to getting their first wins; they've been playing pretty well for a while now. Ben Crane and Ricky Barnes are beginning to look like the real deal. And Corey Pavin showed that he can still cut it on a par-70, 7204-yard course where shotmaking counts. (He might have run away with the Senior PGA Championship if he'd chosen to play there!)
Statwise, Zach did what I expect winners to do: 69.6% Driving Accuracy (T10) and 84.7% GIR (1). He putted well, but most everybody did; and his drives averaged 13 yards longer than normal (expected on a hard Texas course) but still nothing spectacular. His best finish this year was a T12 back at the Sony... but it looks like he's back on track for some good play leading up to the Ryder Cup. That's good -- with a new kid on the way, he's gonna need the money.
It was just another boring day in the life of Zach Johnson -- a casual round of golf alongside his buddy Ben Crane, where he scorched the field, set a new scoring record, and, oh yeah, took a few moments to chalk up another win, thank God for the opportunity, and pocket another huge check before heading home to Cedar Rapids where his happy family is expecting a new member soon. (Iowa -- where else would he live?) Yawn. Life as usual. In that spirit I offer him this limerick:
The fairways were harder than tarmac
So Zach turned them into a racetrack.
Though golf’s not as trendy
As winning at Indy…
I bet he chugs milk when he kicks back.