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Zach Wins Colonial Again
May 27th 2012 - FORT WORTH, Texas -- Zach Johnson won a tournament for the first time in two years when he claimed the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial title on Sunday, pulling ahead of the field when Jason Dufner faltered.
Johnson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for failing to replace his ball to its original position after marking it on the 18th hole. That left him with a 2-over 72 and a one-stroke victory. "I'm going to focus on the positives, because I hit a really solid putt and it's a good thing I made it," Johnson said. "No harm, no foul. It was my fault." Johnson moved his original ball mark out of the line of Dufner's putt on the 18th green. But he forgot to move it back before his final 5-foot putt.
Even with the penalty assessed before signing his scorecard, Johnson's 12-under 268 total was enough to edge Dufner, who closed with a 74.
In what was essentially a match-play final round for the winner's plaid jacket, Johnson took command at the 414-yard 15th hole. Dufner's approach hit the left side of that green then rolled into a ditch, leading to a triple bogey that put him four strokes back after Johnson's par.
It was the eighth PGA TOUR victory for Johnson, who earned 500 FedExCup points to move to No. 3 in the standings.
Everyone at the Mike Bender Golf Academy Congratulates Zach on his amazing month of play with the win and two runner-up finishes.