THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – It may not have been the most dramatic moment of the 2013 golf calendar – Masters, anyone? – but the final hole of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge provided plenty of thrills.
After hitting what he termed a “shank” into the greenside water hazard, Zach Johnson pitched in from 58 yards to save par, then watched as Tiger Woods got up and down from the bunker to force a playoff.
They removed their hats, shook hands and exchanged a few words on that final green. What did they say?
“I mean, what you'd expect?” Johnson later revealed. “He said, ‘Great playing.’ We both said that.
“He said, ‘What's wrong with the middle of the green?’ You know, which is exactly what you should say. But I mean, he was very gracious, as he usually is.”