Zach Johnson wins play-off to claim first Open title

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The Claret Jug for the 144th Open Championship went to the American Zach Johnson after an intriguing day of golf.

He defeated competitors Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Marc Leishman of Australia in a three-way play-off on Monday evening.

Clubhouse leader

The eventual winner carder a 66 for six-under-par in difficult conditions on only the second ever Monday finish to the historic tournament. 


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After concluding his round an hour before the final pairing with an overall score of 15-under-par, Johnson was the clubhouse leader until Leishman and Oosthuizen posted the same score to extend the wait for a winner.

There was some quality play on display despite some weather conditions that definitely deteriorated, affecting players with later tee-times.

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Practice makes perfect

Johnson came into the play-off like a man possessed, birdieing the first and second to lead Oosthuizen by a shot with two more holes to play. The American may have benefited from staying out on the putting green during the long spell following his initial 18 holes.

His South African opponent could not come up with a birdie on the either the 17th or 18th that would have taken the match into a sudden-death play-off of the 18th. This was despite a relatively makeable putt on the last that subsequently handed the trophy to a surprised Johnson.

The American has now won his second major tournament in golf after winning the Masters back in 2007.

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