Zach Johnson survived a sudden-death playoff with Tiger Woods to win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
The final edition of the Woods-hosted event at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., may be the most memorable. After Woods held a two-stroke margin over ZJ after both 36 and 54 holes, Johnson carded a 4-under-par 35-33=68 to Woods' 2-under 34-36=70 in the finale. Tied atop the leaderboard on the par-4 72nd hole, Johnson split the fairway while Woods left himself with a challenging lie left of the short grass. Woods then found a greenside bunker, but Johnson rinsed his approach. Now laying three in the drop zone, ZJ jarred his pitch for par to force Woods to get up and in with a nifty sandie and force free golf. (They completed regulation in 13-under 275.) Replaying the hole, Johnson two-putted for par while Woods attempted an identical par save from the same bunker. Alas, his three-footer to extend lipped out on the left side of the hole to give ZJ his first title here after serving as the runner-up in 2007 and 2011. He'll defend in 2014 at Isleworth Country Club in Florida.