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With astounding rally, Zach Johnson beats Tiger Woods in World Challenge

Johnson erased a four-shot deficit in the final eight holes, then beat Woods on the first hole of a playoff.


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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Zach Johnson put together the storybook finish at Sherwood that for the longest time belonged to Tiger Woods on Sunday.

Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play, holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff and beat golf’s No. 1 player at the World Challenge when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.

“Pretty impressive what he did,” Woods said. “He got me.”

It was an extraordinary send-off at Sherwood, which hosted the World Challenge for the 14th and final time before it moves to Florida next year.

“I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky,” said Johnson, who moved into the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time in his career.

For Woods, it was only the fourth time in his career that he lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round, the second time at Sherwood.

Johnson won $1 million and should go to No. 9 in the world. Matt Kuchar (67) and Bubba Watson (70) tied for third at 9-under 279.

Bjorn rallies to win Nedbank

SUN CITY, South Africa — Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn had two back-nine eagles in a comeback victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, while Puyallup’s Ryan Moore faded from contention and finished seventh at Gary Player Country Club.

The 42-year-old Bjorn closed with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Wales’ Jamie Donaldson and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

Bjorn finished at 20-under 268 to win his 15th European Tour title. Donaldson, three strokes ahead entering the round, closed with a 70. Garcia had a 65. Moore entered the final round tied with Bjorn but closed with a 73.

Other tournaments

Lydia Ko rallied to win her first title as a professional.

The 16-year-old from New Zealand won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taipei, Taiwan, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu.

Jaye Marie Green, 19, won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., finishing with a record 29-under 331 total for a 10-stroke margin on LPGA International’s Jones Course. The top 20 earned Category 12 status, the next 26 players received membership in Category 17, and the other 22 players who made the 72-hole cut got Symetra Tour status.



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