Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Zach Johnson recorded a par on the first playoff hole to edge world No. 1 Tiger Woods and win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge Sunday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.
Johnson escaped with the victory and the $1 million top purse in Woods’ charity golf event after the world’s top player putt for par curled out of the cup, leaving him with a bogey.
The two players came to the last hole of regulation play tied at 13 under par.
Woods hit his approach shot into a bunker in front of the green at the par-four 18th hole.
However, Johnson failed to capitalize as he hit his approach into a pond in front of the green.
Then, Johnson dramatically holed out the shot for a par four using a pitching wedge. Woods blasted out of the sand trap to make par as well and set up the playoff.
Johnson called his wedge shot “very lucky.”
Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar tied for third at nine under, with Watson shooting a two-under 70 on Sunday and Kuchar a five-under 67.
This was the 15th edition of the tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The event, which Woods has won a record five times, will be moving to Florida.