Johnson goes low -- really low -- at East Lake
ATLANTA -- Imagine being offered this bet: You get Ernie Els and 12 shots in a head-to-head match against Zach Johnson. Who wouldn't scramble to scrounge up some loose change to place on the Big Easy?On a magical day at East Lake Golf Club, it would have been a losing proposition -- unless you took the very, very long odds and put the cash down on Johnson, giving six a side to one of the world's most accomplished golfers with the ridiculous hope that Johnson would still win. Impossible, you say. Yet that's exactly what Johnson did Saturday. His 10-under 60 waxed Els by 13 strokes. Oh, and he threatened to make it a foursome of players who have shot 59 in PGA Tour history.
Johnson, this year's Masters champion, was unable to get his approach shot on the green at the par-3 18th, then knocked his bunker shot to within a foot of the cup for his score of 60, one that broke the course record of 62 by two shots at Bobby Jones' hallowed home course."It would have been awesome [to shoot 59]," said Johnson, 31, whose career low round on the PGA Tour before Saturday was 63. "It's just one of those mysterious numbers we have in golf." So much so that only three players have accomplished the feat -- Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and David Duval at the 1991 Bob Hope Classic.