As Louis Oosthuizen’s birdie putt from a dozen feet away to tie the Open Championship stayed high and moved left past the cup on the fourth playoff hole at St. Andrews, Zach Johnson did not move.
Dude was a statue. Had he nodded off? Pretty sure he doesn’t suffer from narcolepsy.
Here it was the fifth day on the old course. Because it had happened before, I fully expected Mother Nature to unleash the fury of another gale force wind to go with the extra dose of precipitation to mess with the three chaps who would partake in a four-hole playoff, after they all finished at 15 under par at the never ending tournament.
Aussie Marc Leishman joined the American Johnson and the 2010 champion Oosthuizen from South Africa, who had won the title on the same course a half decade earlier.
Leishamn was done when he bogeyed the first playoff hole. The others birdied. The American drained another birdie on the second playoff hole to go up one. All three players bogeyed the Road Hole at 17.
On 18 again, Johnson tapped in for par, and like before on 18, Oosthuizen had another putt to keep the event going but missed.
Zach Johnson was frozen. Could he be in shock? Was he not budging because he knew he would have to take off of his hat? Zach’s hair is whack. He is not blessed with good salad. Perhaps he did not want to jump up and down because a fellow competitor had just missed a chance to extend the tournament. Ended up, that was the case.
Class. Zach Johnson now has the Claret Jug to go with his green jacket he won in 2007 at the Masters.
Unstuck, Zach high fived everyone that wanted one at St. Andrews.