Zach Johnson loves a good underdog story, and that’s exactly what unfolded in front of a record crowd Sunday at Sherwood.
In a span of two hours, Johnson erased a four-shot deficit on the back nine, recovered from a semi-shank on the 18th hole by holing a wedge shot, and won on the first playoff hole to defeat the world’s No. 1 player.
That last part is a particular point of pride for Johnson, now an 11-time winner.
At the World Challenge in 2011, Johnson led by one with two holes to play, only to watch Woods finish birdie-birdie to win.
“Any time you’re head-to-head with the best player that I’ve ever seen is fun,” Johnson said Monday on “Morning Drive.” “That’s why you play. You want to be playing against the best, to try your game against the best, and that part drives me. As a competitor, that’s what you want.
“I know I’m probably going to fall down and fail more than I’ll probably succeed in those situations, and I have, but I finally got one on him. I’m certainly going to savor it. My guess is that it’s not going to faze (Woods) in the slightest, because he seems to always rally and get back up.”