Zach Johnson joined elite company this afternoon. The Cedar Rapids native became only the 14th golfer to win both the Masters and British Open by edging Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a dramatic four hole playoff.
It was an emotional Johnson who was interviewed on ESPN moments after Oosthuizen missed a birdie putt that would have extended the playoff. He said he was at a loss for words and didn’t like to see the tournament end on a miss, “But I am greatful and humbled.”
Johnson birdied the first two holes of the playoff enroute to his first win in a Major since the 2007 Masters. “I am honored, I mean this is the birthplace of the game and that jug means so much in sports, specifically this tournament and golf. I feel great,” Johnson says.
Johnson was a virtual unknown when he won the Masters eight years ago and says he has come a long way since then. He says the Masters win launched his career and this win puts things in perspective.
Johnson sank a lengthy birdie putt on the 18th and final hole just to get into the playoff.