By Larry GLicken

What a finish today at the John Deere Classic. Steve Stricker was going for his fourth win, he fell 5 strokes short of his goal. Zach Johnson could have lost it on the first play-off hole and Troy Matterson just didn’t know how to grab it, then Johnson comes back on the second play-off hole and hits one of the shots of his life to get his 9th PGA Tour victory and head over to the British open. Wow, talk about a golf tournament nobody wanted to close out. That is what we had today.

Matterson did what he could on the back none he made an eagle to help get him into a play-off with Zach Johnson and then Johnson almost gave the win away on the first play-off hole. Johnson who found the water on the left side after hitting driver off the tee and finding the fairway bunker left him-self with a putt that still could have won this tournament.  Matterson found the water too, he could have won it but he hit the same putt as Johnson and had the same result. Then the two players went to the second play-off hole and that’s when Zach Johnson remembered he won a major and had 7 other tour wins beside that Masters. Zach Johnson hit a great shot into the green of the second play-off hole to leave himself within a foot or so of getting the home-town victory.

That is exactly what Johnson did, he hit the putt holed it out and took his ninth PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic. This one was special for Johnson. Steve Striker who was looking for his fourth win at the Deere, came in tied for fifth at 16 under par. Striker had himself in the tournament and had a chance to win. He just couldn’t get it going on the back nine this afternoon.

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