Bohn goes wire-to-wire for second tour win

April 26, 2010


Avondale, LA – Jason Bohn birdied three of his last four holes Sunday en route to a five-under 67 and his second PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bohn, whose other tour win came at the 2005 B.C. Open, finished off the tournament at 18-under 270 and earned the wire-to-wire victory by two over Jeff Overton at the TPC Louisiana.

“I’m probably the only guy on the PGA Tour who has got tears when he’s putting out on 18,” said Bohn, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Saturday. “Unbelievable.”

His teary-eyed putt at 18 didn’t have much to it. Armed with two-shot lead on the par-five closing hole, Bohn laid up with his second, then knocked his nine-iron from 147 yards to about an inch from the hole.

Bohn tapped in the short birdie putt to get the win and the $1,152,000 first- place check.

Overton, who was tied for the lead with Bohn on the 15th tee, shot a six-under 66 on Sunday and took his second runner-up finish on tour.

Troy Merritt had a five-under 67 in the final round and finished third at 14- under 274. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen managed a three-under 69 on Sunday and came in fourth at minus-13.

It was a long day for all of the competitors. After storms wreaked havoc with the tournament on Friday, the players came back Sunday morning to finish the third round.

Bohn played 12 holes of his third round Sunday morning, then went back out with a two-shot lead heading into the final round. He was three clear of Overton, but Overton erased that deficit five holes into the final round.

The pair was tied and Bohn moved one up with an eight-foot birdie putt at No. 8. Both players birdied the 11th and Overton drew even at the short par-four 13th.

Overton drove into a tiny bunker near the green and hit a gutsy sand shot at the hole. He converted the five-foot birdie try and was tied with Bohn at 15- under par.

Bohn had 216 yards for his second shot at the par-four 15th. He showed why he’s ranked No. 1 on the PGA Tour in approaches from 200-225 yards. Bohn’s second rolled to five feet and he holed the birdie putt to go one ahead.

At the 16th, Overton hit his drive well past Bohn, but Overton’s second came up 13 feet short. Bohn played his second to 22 feet and drained that birdie putt to move two clear. Overton needed to make his to keep pace, but his putt stayed above ground.

Overton had one more good chance at trimming the two-stroke deficit. He had six feet for birdie at the 17th, but he badly pulled his putt and it was Bohn’s tournament.

He sealed the deal with his approach to 18, but things didn’t look all that great until Bohn’s late charge.

“My caddie kept saying, ‘Stay patient. You’re going to get some looks,'” said Bohn. “I really didn’t. I just hit it 20, 30 feet and couldn’t really make anything.

“Then when I hit the shot on 15 and I made a great putt on 16, I knew if I stayed patient and stayed within myself it was going to happen,” said Bohn. “I’m thrilled.”

Greg Chalmers had a three-under 69 on Sunday and finished fifth at 12-under 276, which was one shot better than fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby, who carded a four-under 68 on Sunday.

Nicholas Thompson (68), Jason Dufner (68) and Chris Riley (69) shared seventh at 10-under 278.

NOTES: Alex Cejka, who went into the final round in second place, struggled to a four-over 76 in the final round and tied for 21st at minus-seven…Last year’s winner Jerry Kelly posted a four-over 76 and shared 67th place at one- over par…Next week, the tour moves to North Carolina for the Quail Hollow Championship, which marks the return of Tiger Woods and Masters champion Phil Mickelson for the first time since Augusta.

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