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Davis Park’s Zach Johnson Wins Siefgried-Jensen Utah Open
Zach Johnson, an assistant pro at Davis Park Golf Course, etched his name into Utah golf history by winning the Siegfried-Jensen Utah Open at Oakridge Country Club Sunday with rounds of 67-66-68-201.
As is so often the case in golf, Johnson’s win came with dazzling golf by himself and some misfortune by his closest competitor, Mueller.
Going onto the 16th hole the leaderboard showed Mueller had pulled ahead by three shots and Johnson knew he had to make some magic happen on that par five hole—and he did. He hit a solid drive, a rescue club to within six feet, and made the putt for eagle that cut the deficit to just one stroke. Mueller, playing in the group behind Johnson, couldn’t match Johnson’s effort.
Johnson figured he needed a birdie on one of the last two holes to catch Mueller and his best chance came on the 18th green when he stroked a beautifully paced putt that barely slid past the edge of the hole and it looked like the best he could do was to tie.
Meanwhile behind him Mueller bogeyed the difficult 17th hole and Mueller went onto the last hole knowing that Johnson had finished and he needed a birdie to win or a par to tie—and he bogeyed, thus avoiding what appeared likely, a playoff.
“I definitely choked,” he said. His tee shot on 18 was long, but left, and a tree forced him to manufacture a shot for the situation which he did masterfully and nearly holed it out. He was faced with nearly the same putt that Johnson missed and he missed it in the same place because of a slight unseen break at the hole.
There was a large gallery of fans and supporters following Johnson all day and when accepting the trophy he graciously gave out ‘thank yous’ to everyone who had helped him and it was a long list of justifiable appreciations, but particularly to Boyd Summerhays for helping with his his golf swing, and his caddy who was his older brother Charlie, his parents, his bride-to-be, and all of the other usual helpmates and supporters.
Joe Parkinson, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round, finished in 12th place, five shots behind Johnson, but he was the low am of the tournament with 66-66-74-206.
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