Zach Johnson rallied late to close out the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. He started the day six shots off of the lead but a blemish-free scorecard that included six birdies was good enough to give Johnson a two-stroke lead over Nick Watney. Birdies on 16 and 17 put Johnson in great position and also put the heat on everyone trying to catch him.
“It’s hard to grasp the last two weeks of golf,” said Johnson. “It’s not like you have to win every week to win that FedExCup. You’ve just got to win at the right times, or play well at the right times. And I like the momentum I have for next week.” He has definitely gotten hot at the right time. Johnson has six top 10 finishes in his last seven events after failing to get inside of the top 10 in the first 12 events he played on the PGA Tour this year.
This is the 10th win of Johnson’s career and moved him from the TOUR Championship bubble – he started the week ranked 27th – to fourth in the standings. The top five positions are coveted heading into the FedEx Cup finale, as they are the only players that control their own destiny – if they win at East Lake the $10 million prize is theirs.
This win was clearly huge for Johnson on a number of levels. Most of all, though, it gives him a huge boost in confidence and momentum heading into what will be an incredibly difficult test next week.