Zach Johnson was so caught up in the emotion of another Colonial title and a victory in honor of his caddie’s late father that he forgot to properly remark his ball before his final putt.
Even with a two-stroke penalty, Johnson won by one over Jason Dufner and got to slip on the plaid jacket Sunday for his first victory since also winning in Fort Worth, Texas, two years ago.
“There’s a number of adjectives I’m calling myself right now. And lucky would be the biggest one,” Johnson said. “Blessed would be another one, humbled would be another one. It’s an honor to put this jacket on once. ... I’m in shock I got it twice.”
Johnson moved his original ball mark out of the line of Dufner’s putt on the 18th green. But he never moved it back before his final 5-foot putt.
The penalty was assessed before he signed his scorecard, and Johnson’s 12-under 268 total was enough to edge Dufner, who faltered and closed with a 74.
Johnson had already shared celebratory hugs and kisses with his two young sons and done a winner’s television interview before caddie Damon Green, prompted by a rules official, asked the 2007 Masters champion if he had put his ball back in its original spot.
“First time it crossed my mind,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to be the last time.”
The victory came 10 days after Green’s 88-year old father died from stomach cancer. After Johnson’s runner-up finish at The Players Championship two weeks ago, the caddie drove to Pensacola, Fla., to see his father. But Damon Green was ready to get back on the course this week.
“He wanted to be here, he felt like his dad wanted him to be here,” Johnson said about his caddie of 10 years. “I think he’s the one that deserves this one more than I do.”
It was the eighth PGA Tour victory for Johnson, who won $1,152,000 even as his record streak of 15 consecutive rounds under par at Colonial, Ben Hogan’s old haunt, ended.
Tommy Gainey was a distant third at 7 under after a 67, a stroke ahead of Jim Furyk.
Johnson took command at the 414-yard 15th hole. Dufner’s approach hit the left side of that green then rolled into a ditch, leading to a triple bogey that put him four strokes back after Johnson’s par.
England’s Roger Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship, holding on for a two-stroke victory after leading comfortably throughout the final round in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Chapman led by five after 54 holes and was never really threatened Sunday. His closing 1-over 72 was his worst score of the tournament — but it was enough to give the Englishman a major championship after he bogeyed three of the last five holes.
John Cook was at 11 under after a 69. Hale Irwin shot 68 to finish another stroke back.
Kenny Perry had a tournament-record 62 at Harbor Shores to finish five shots behind in ninth place.
DONALD NO. 1
Luke Donald (68) held off Justin Rose (70) by four shots to defend his BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, and overtake Rory McIlroy for the No. 1 world ranking.