Bohn closes in a fury to win Zurich Classic
Monday, February 14, 2011
AVONDALE, La. – For Jason Bohn, the second time was even better.
Bohn won the Zurich Classic on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing three of the final four holes at TPC Louisiana for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Jeff Overton.
“This is life changing,” said the 37-year-old Bohn, who admitted making his putt on 18 with tears in his eyes.
Bohn, who completed a third-round 71 in the morning in the weather-plagued tournament, finished at 18-under 270. He also won the 2005 B.C. Open.
Sunday’s victory, coming as it did after a variety of injuries and back surgery, was especially sweet, Bohn said. He told his caddie at the start of the final round he was planning on a quiet round.
“I just said I probably wouldn’t say much because I’m capturing all of this,” Bohn said. “I want to take this one to the grave. I want to remember every little detail that I missed on my first one.”
Bohn led since his 65 in the opening round, but admitted he felt the heat Sunday as several players moved into range.
Overton mounted a persistent challenge, twice tying Bohn on his way to a 66.
“Jeff was playing beautifully. He played beautiful golf today,” Bohn said. “I would say almost perfect.”
Overton birdied the 18th – after missing a long eagle putt, but Bohn, who made birdie putts of 5 1/2 feet on No. 15 and 22 feet on No. 16, had to only tap in on 18 for his fifth birdie of the round.
Overton said he played great Sunday, but Bohn was unbelievable.
“The final four holes, I maybe got a little quick with putts,” Overton said. “Maybe because I wanted it so much.”
Troy Merritt (67) was third at 14 under. He was 7 under during a seven-hole stretch that ended at No. 13, making five birdies and an eagle.
“It’s fun when you’re making a lot of red numbers,” Merritt said. “Especially when they’re back to back to back to back.”
Lee Janzen (69) was another stroke back, and Greg Chalmers (69) was 12 under.
Heavy rain and lightning Friday and again Saturday morning delayed the early rounds. Bohn, who led wire-to-wire, played 24 holes Saturday and 30 Sunday. He had seven birdies and one bogey in his 30 holes Sunday.
Bohn completed his third round on Sunday morning at 13 under, two shots ahead of Alex Cejka. Overton and Janzen went into the final round at 10 under.
Bohn earned $1,152,000 after making $395,321 in his previous eight starts this year. In 1992, he won $1 million in a hole-in-one contest while a student at the University of Alabama. He has received $50,000 a year since then.