Zach Johnson winner of the 2007 Masters won the John Deere Classic this sunday on the second hole of Sudden Death against Troy Matteson who was in the lead since round 2 of the John Deere Classic by a few strokes for better part of the tournament.
18th hole and Zach Johnson hits a 193 yard second shot from the fairway that rolls and comes to a stop a mere inches of the flag setting him up for victory, as he is in a head to head with Troy Matteson who hits a second shot that unfortunately denies him a tie to Johnson because it rolled to a stop 45 feet from the flag and to make matters he had missed a Birdie Putt for the tie.
Steve Stricker who was a favorite in this tournament shot a -1 under 70 and finished in 5th place and misses winning his 4th consecutive John Deere Classic and making history, Zach Johnson who won the Colonial Country Club earlier in the season is guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup Team who in September will face Europe at the Medina Country Club in Chicago.
Johnson got a check for $858.000 making his career earnings total to $25 million, Troy Matteson got a consolation of $496.800 guaranteeing PGA Tour privileges next year and exemption this week in the British Open Championship in England at the Royal Lytham & St. Anne's. 25 golfers flew to England to prepare for the third major Championship.