Johnson Squashes Aussie Hopes at British Open

American Zach Johnson held off three of Australia’s best golfers and a former Open winning South African to claim victory at the British Open overnight.

Source: Paul Childs/ Reuters

Source: Paul Childs/ Reuters

In wet and windy conditions at St. Andrews, the leaderboard was full of action on the final day’s play which was delayed until Monday after unplayable conditions earlier in the tournament.

 

The Aussies in contention for the Claret Jug were Jason Day, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman.

 

Heading into the final round as the co-leader, Day struggled to get below par early in his round while the rest of the contenders piled on the Birdies.

 

While Day struggled, his fellow countrymen Scott and Leishman were hit early in their rounds to get up to a share of the lead.

 

Day would eventually fal me shot short of the leaders, while Scott crashed and burned on the back nine to write himself out of contention.

 

After a frantic few final holes Johnson, Leishman, and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen couldn’t be split at 15-under par sending the tournament to a playoff.

 

With the playoff decided by aggregate scores over four holes, Leishman’s chances looked all but gone after a bogey on the opening hole.

 

A two putt by Johnson on the final hole gave Oosthuizen a Birdie putt to win the tournament, but the former champion couldn’t hole it, handing Johnson the win.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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