PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Jason Bohn has now lost three tournaments by a total of two shots this season.
After close calls at both the Frys.com Open (T-3) and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T-2), Bohn made a 6-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to earn a spot in a playoff at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. But he was unable to convert a lengthy birdie putt on the first extra hole and watched as Graeme McDowell then made a short putt for the win.
“I made a couple good swings, and I thought I hit a really good putt. Misread it a little, hit it a bit too high,” Bohn said. “I grinded really hard to get into that playoff, so I gave myself a chance. That’s all I can do.”
The 42-year-old still has not won since the 2010 Zurich Classic, but he is experiencing a bit of a resurgence this fall and now plans to build on Monday’s finish, where he began the day two shots behind McDowell and Russell Knox. Thanks in large part to a strong short game, Bohn played the final six holes of his round in 1 under to earn a spot in overtime.
“I’m starting to learn how to handle my own emotions with the situation. I was pretty calm out there today, especially over the 5-, 6-foot putts,” he said. “That’s the key out here, if you can just stay committed on those putts, and I hit a lot of good putts out there.”
Despite another runner-up finish, Bohn will especially savor his par save on the 72nd hole, where he knew the tournament was at stake after watching Knox miss his par putt moments earlier.
“I knew I had to make it,” he said. “I put a very committed stroke on it and rolled right in the middle. That’s one I’ll take for a long time.”