Zach Johnson’s victory at the 144th Open Championship moved the now two-time major champion up to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Johnson, who became just the 6th player to win at Augusta National at the Masters and an Open Championship at St. Andrews, outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff at the Old Course Monday for the triumph.
Johnson posted 66 in the final round to reach 15-under overall. Oosthuizen, a runner-up at the U.S. Open last month, had to birdie the 72nd hole to earn his spot in the playoff. Zach birdied the first two playoff holes to separate himself.
Jordan Spieth’s quest for the Grand Slam ended when he failed to birdie the final round at the Old Course. Spieth made a run including a memorable birdie at No. 16, but a bogey at the Road Hole and par on the 18th felt Spieth a shot short of the playoff alongside Jason Day at T-4.
Johnson became the Champion Golfer of the Year with his triumph. He is just the 13th player in history to win a Masters and Open Championship.
Leishman’s run included a bogey-free final two rounds until a bogey at the 71st hole. He bogeyed the first playoff hole and failed to recover. The Aussie moved up 34 places to 27th in the latest rankings with his T-2 finish.
Justin Rose, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia logged T-6 finishes alongside amateur Jordan Niebrugge at 11-under. Niebrugge earned the Silver Medal for low amateur. Rose moved from 8th to 5th in the world rankings with his effort.
Other Golf News:
- Adam Scott was in the mix Monday at the Old Course for his second Open Championship, but stumbled down the stretch shooting 5-over during the last five holes. He still logged a T-10.
- Zach was a 100-to-1 betting long shot to win the championship at the week’s beginning, according to www.ladbrokes.com.
- Oosthuizen, who also lost the Masters in a playoff a few season’s ago to Bubba Watson, moved up to 13th in the world rankings.
- Scott Piercy won the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in Alabama Sunday moving him back inside the Top 100 at No. 71. The tour returns to action this week at the RBC Canadian Open.
- The best women in golf tee it up this week at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.
- The 50-plus champions visit England for the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.