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Zach climbs to No. 7 in Official World Golf Ranking with Maui victory

After struggling with a 74 in round three and losing his overnight lead, Zach Johnson bounced back with a 7-under-66 to finish 19-under overall and win his 11th career PGA Tour title Monday in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

His victory on Kapalua’s Plantation Course moved him to No. 7 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Johnson’s bogey-free final round moved him ahead of the three-way tie through 54 holes including Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson. Spieth, 20, finished runner-up while Simpson and Kevin Streelman were T-3.

Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott ended up T-5 five shots off the lead.

Zach, who won the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs last fall and the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge,  had just one Top 15 in six tries at the Tournament of Champions before his triumph.

The Top 5 in the world rankings remained unchanged led by Tiger Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.

Other Golf News:

  • Zach was a 12-to-1 pick at Ladbrokes.com to start the week. After international-born players won nine straight Hyundai Tournament of Champions titles, Americans have claimed the last four in a row.
  • The PGA Tour moves to Oahu for the Sony Open this Thursday. Scott and Spieth are both in the field.
  • Ryan Moore finished 10th in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It marked his 5th Top 11 in his last seven overall worldwide starts.
  • The European Tour hosts the Volvo Golf Champions this week in South Africa. The tournament features a limited field consisting mostly of 2013 event champions. Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Padraig Harrington are scheduled to play.