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PGA TOUR: Zack's Putter as Hot as Texas, Wins Colonial

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IMay 31, 2010

FT. WORTH, TX - MAY 30:  Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after his three-stroke victory at the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club on May 30, 2010 in Ft. Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The weatherman posted some pretty impressive high numbers during the four rounds at Colonial.

 

The high temperatures were 93 on Thursday, 95 on Friday, 94 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday.

 

The 95 on Friday broke the record high of 94 set in 1982.

 

Zack Johnson posted some pretty impressive low numbers during the four rounds at Colonial.

 

His rounds of 65 on Thursday, 66 on Friday, and a pair of 64s over the weekend set a new 72-hole scoring record of 259 by two strokes.

 

The 2007 Masters champion and now seven time winner on the PGA TOUR also led the field with 24 birdies at Colonial, an average of one every three holes.

 

The 34-year old winner in Texas once in each of the last three years led the field in greens in regulation hitting 84.7%.

 

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Unlike Dario Franchitti coasting on fumes to win the Indy 500, Zack Johnson turned hotter than the weather with six birdies on the back nine stretch racing his way to the clubhouse despite a few checkered weather delays.

 

Johnson's Sunday 64 trumped third round co-leaders Brian Davis (68) and Bryce Molder (70).

 

Like solo runner-up finisher Brian Davis said: "Zack won the tournament, I did not lose it."

 

Davis also was beaten, ultimately in a playoff, by a solid final round 69 by Jim Furyk under tough windy conditions at Harbour Towne on a day when he shot 68.

 

A non-winner on tour, the 35-year old Englishman now has two second-place finishes this year to go along with one in each of the previous three years.

 

"It's been a couple of times now where guys have shot low to beat me and maybe I need to go a bit lower next time."

 

Like Padraig Harrington who finished second place nine times before winning, Davis feels as long as he keeps knocking the door to victory will open for him sometime soon.

 

Molder, who finished joint fifth place with Scott Verplank (who shot a bogey free Sunday 65), is also a non-winner on tour knocking on the door after his best season ever last year.

 

The 31-year old felt good about being in the hunt with a few holes to go before bogeys on 16 and 17 took him off the track to victory.

 

He acknowledged steely winner Johnson's ability to "put the pedal down and keep going, that's what you have to be able to do (to win)."

 

Johnson's playing partner and good friend Ben Crane shot 67 and finished joint third with Jeff Overton (67).

 

Crane who won earlier in the year for the third time at the Farmers Insurance Open has a similar mindset and strategy as Johnson.

 

The perspective seems to be the latest emerging strategy on tour: no quantitative goals, don't care whether one wins or lose and try your best on each shot.

 

Perhaps it will be called the Seinfeld anti-results methodology.

 

By George, the new way to win on tour is to do the exact opposite of what is expected.

 

Release the pressure points, let the natural talent emerge and be the best golfer that you were meant to be.

 

Like Davis and Molder, Overton is knocking hard on the PGA TOUR victory door.

 

With his own two second place finished this year, the front porch is overflowing with folks that want to come into the House of Victory on the PGA TOUR.  

 

There were two stories to the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

 

One was the hot Texas weather with little winds providing optimal scoring conditions.

 

The second was that in the end on the final lap this was Zack Johnson's tournament.

 

As he put it to the media: "my putter obviously got hot, specifically on the back nine."

 

The humble person and golfer is past the days of being "too concerned about Sunday on Thursday."

 

His patience may be his greatest asset.

 

After bogeying the 14th hole he was tied for the lead going into the first weather delay.

 

After scoring a birdie on 15 and 16 he was two strokes ahead going into the second weather delay.

 

With three wins each in Georgia and now Texas, Johnson may be peaking at the right time with the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach only three weeks away.

 

Though like Indy Champion Dario Franchitti, Colonial Champion Zack Johnson can relax now and enjoy the rest of the Memorial Day weekend which looks to be as hot across the country as it has been in Texas.

 

 

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com

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