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Zach Johnson makes the most of his second chance — Never give a world-class golfer an opportunity to right his wrong, because more often than not, he's going to take full advantage of the situation. Zach Johnson certainly did on the second playoff hole, after Troy Matteson failed to get up-and-down for bogey to close Johnson out on the first playoff hole. The Masters champ made him pay the second time around, stuffing his approach shot from the same fairway bunker to within a foot to become only the fourth multiple winner on the PGA Tour this year.
While every win is important, Johnson's victory on Sunday was extra special. You rarely hear guys say the John Deere Classic is their "fifth major," but for Johnson, it ranked right behind the majors in terms of importance. Born and raised in Iowa, the tournament in Silvis, Illinois was the closet thing he had to a hometown event.
"It just feels awesome," Johnson said. "This tournament has meant so much to me and my family, from when they gave me exemptions to being a part of its board.
"I don't really like making things a bigger deal than what they should be. It means a great deal now that I've done it."
Troy Matteson can roll the rock — Matteson came up short in his bid to pick up his third PGA Tour win, but he left his mark on the tournament with an unbelievable eagle putt on the par-5 17th that went all the way around the edge of the cup before it disappeared.
Matteson double bogeyed the 15th to go from one shot clear of the field to one behind Johnson, who would later make birdie on the 17th to stretch the lead to two shots. It was a putt he had to make to keep his tournament hopes alive. Even though he came up short in the playoff, there's a good chance we'll see this putt during next year's John Deere.
Steve Stricker misses out on his fourth John Deere title — Going for his fourth consecutive win at the John Deere, Steve Stricker failed to get anything going on the back nine. Three bogeys in a four hole stretch, starting on the 14th, ended his chances of becoming only the fifth golfer in history to win the same event four times.
"Maybe I was trying too hard. I don't know. I don't know really what it was," said Stricker. "I was trying to win the golf tournament. I wasn't worried about four in a row, I was just trying to win.
"I think it's the putter. I really don't have a ton of confidence with that putter. I wasn't feeling very good about it. That's the thing that you need to have working well to win."
Whether it was the putter, nerves or both, Stricker certainly didn't look like his usual, consistent self when it mattered most.
Sombrero guy makes an appearance — We have no idea who this guy is, but he apparently tried to become the new "Cigar guy" on Sunday afternoon, standing behind Troy Matteson with a sombrero the size of a satellite dish.
News and notes — Billy Hurley III picked up his second top 10 in three events with a T-8 at the John Deere. ... Former U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen finished inside the top 10 (T-8) for the first time since the 2010 Zurich Classic. ... Amateur Jordan Spieth made his third PGA Tour cut in five starts this year. ... Steve Stricker's 1-under 70 was his worst final round score in the last four years.
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