Lake Forest: Zach Johnson fired a bogey-free 65 in Monday’s final round to win the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club and move into great position for the Tour Championship.
Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, used a late charge to finish at 16-under-par 268 for a two-stroke victory over fellow American Nick Watney, who shot 64 on the rain-softened course in the penultimate event of the FedExCup playoffs.
Lifted by clutch birdie putts at the 16th and 17th holes, Johnson moved to fourth from 27th on the points list going into next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, where the overall winner of the four-event series pockets a $10 million bonus.
The top five in the standings among the 30 players on the points list that qualified for the season-ending event are assured of winning the FedExCup with a victory.
Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Australian Adam Scott top the standings with Matt Kuchar holding the fifth spot.
Woods heads standings despite yet another disappointing final-round 71 to finish 11th. The world No 1’s tournament will be remembered for a two-shot penalty on Friday which he carried on moaning about when it was clear he had committed an infraction.
It was the 10th career PGA title for Johnson, who has yet to win in back-to-back weeks during his 10 years on the tour.
“Frankly, I’m going to have to forget about this week,” he said about his approach to winning the Tour Championship.