Johnson wins in playoff


SILVIS, IL (TheSpread) – Zach Johnson managed to make enough shots to outlast Troy Matteson in a playoff and win the John Deere Classic on Sunday.

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Matteson entered the final round in the lead by three shots but struggled early on, which opened the door for Johnson to get in the hunt.

Johnson actually held a two-shot lead as he played the final hole, but Matteston made eagle on 17 on an improbably 56-foot putt to tie for the lead, and eventually force the playoff.

On the first playoff hole, Johnson and Matteson both managed to hit a ball in the water on the 18th hole and each finished with a double bogey. The second time around, Johnson hit a beautiful approach shot out of the sand to make birdie while Matteson made par.

According to oddsmakers, Zach Johnson had 12/1 odds to win this event, which means a $100 wager on Johnson to win will pay out an additional $1,200.

Scott Piercy came in third at -18 overall after shooting a 65 on Sunday. Three-time defending champ, Steve Stricker, finished tied for fifth at -16 overall after shooting a 1-under 70 on Sunday.

For top 5 results from the 2012 PGA John Deere Classic, see below

2012 PGA John Deere Classic Top 5 Results

1 Zach Johnson -20 (264)*

2 Troy Matteson -20 (264)

3 Scott Piercy -18 (266)

4 John Senden -17 (267)

T5 Luke Guthrie -16 (268)

T5 Steve Stricker -16 (268)

*Won in a playoff

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