LAKE FOREST, Illinois - There is clutch putting, and then there's what Zach Johnson did Monday.
With his golf ball in the grass just off the fringe of the green and six yards from the hole at the 16th hole at Conway Farms Golf Club, Johnson chose to putt instead of chip. The delicate shot from the rough quickly rolled directly into the hole for a birdie that broke a 3-way tie for the lead at the PGA Tour's BMW Championship.
Golf Channel viewers probably sensed that was the turning point of the tourney. It put Cedar Rapids native Johnson a shot ahead of Nick Watney, who had finished his tourney at 14-under par, and third-round leader Jim Furyk.
Johnson put an armbar on the event by making a 13-foot birdie putt at 17 around the same time third-round leader im Furyk was bogeying No. 16. Johnson parred the final hole to close out a 2-shot win over Watney, earned $1,440,000, and zommed to fourth on the FedExCup point standings.
The fourth and final FedExCup playoff event is this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta. Whoever finishes first in the standings after that tourney gets a $10 million bonus. The top five of the 30 players who qualified for Atlanta are Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
It was Johnson's 10th career PGA Tour win. Only 10 other active players have 10 or more. Of those, only Adam Scott (33) is younger than 37-year-old Johnson.
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