Grading the Tournament of Champions
Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, and champion Zach Johnson get high marks.
Zach Johnson doesn't look like a killer.
He doesn't talk like a killer or act like a killer.
But he sure does close like his blood is cold.
Johnson won his 11th career PGA Tour tournament on Monday at the Tournament of Champions by one stroke over Jordan Spieth. And it wasn't even really that close. He did it with ease.
While playing partner Dustin Johnson was trying to drive par fours and reach par fives in two shots, Zach was content to lay up and use his wicked wedge game to help him score.
Johnson told Golf Channel's Steve Sands afterwards it was all part of his game plan.
"I just picked it apart. It's fairways and greens for me, try to stay below the hole. Remaining patient, that was the big thing," said Johnson.
And once he started scoring, he couldn't stop. Three birides on the front nine. Four on the back including three straight at Nos. 14-16.
According to Justin Ray of ESPN Johnson is the just the third player since 2007 with a major plus 10 wins. The other two are fellas you might have heard of before.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Johnson has now won two straight events (albeit events with small fields) but it makes you wonder if his recent hot streak is a harbinger of what could be a monstrous 2014.
He noted that his thoughts all day were on Webb Simpson's caddie and his ailing newborn son.
"My prayers were going to the Tesoris. That's where my heart was today. That's where my mind was a lot of the day.
"Today was a grind but I felt very relaxed."
He looked it, too. That's what happens when your blood runs icy like Johnson's. It begs a lot of questions for 2014, as well.
Is another major in the cards? Multiple wins? The money champ?
One thing we've learned of late, if he's in position to win near the end, you can forget about it.
Here are our grades for the Tournament of Champions:
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George Coetzee got one of the great breaks in recent memory on Friday
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Two of the PGA Tour's best were invited to hang out with Sean Payton and company
It's not a record, but it's not far off either