We first met Jason Bohn a few years back while playing a mini-tour pro-am and, like anyone who watched the Zurich Classic champion’s post-game account on Sunday, quickly realized he was a good golfer, and an even better person.
We also realized, however, that the all-world nice guy has a competitive streak that is belied by that easy southern smile, demonstrated perfectly on the third hole of the pro-am when an innocent scribed asked Bohn about the “59” he had carded during a Canadian Tour event a few years earlier.
“It was a 58,” Bohn justifiably hissed.
It was interesting that Bohn’s path to victory in New Orleans was paved by prudence, not power. Much has been made of some high-profile layups this season, most notably Rickie Fowler at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it’s worth pointing out that Bohn birdied the par-5 18th at TPC Louisiana twice, both off of lay ups.
Bohn attempted to reach the green in two shots with his other two attempts, found the swampy water guarding the putting surface and signed for a bogey (Round 1) and a par (Round 3).
“I'll never hit this green in two,” Bohn smiled. “I'll never attempt to hit this green in two again the rest of my career. I've hit it in the water twice trying to hit this green in two. And both times I laid up I made birdie.”
For the week, 252 players attempted to reach the 18th hole in two shots and just 49 managed the feat. And, of course, Bohn’s approach shot he hit to inches at the last for a walk-off birdie leaves little room for debate.