Zach Johnson wins British Open in four-hole playoff

Zach Johnson won The Open Championship in a four-hole playoff.
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By David Cunningham

Zach Johnson won The Open Championship at St. Andrews on Monday.

The tournament was forced into four-hole aggregate playoff between American Zach Johnson, South African Louis Oosthusizen and Australian Marc Leishman. Johnson pared the final hole and finished the playoff at two-under-par, one stroke ahead of runner-up Oosthusizen.

All three finished the first four regulation rounds at 15-under-par 273. Johnson and Leishman shot 6-under-par on Monday, while Oosthusizen shot 3-under-par.

Playoff Holes:

Johnson and Oosthusizen shot 1-under-par on the first playoff hole, while Leishman shot 6-over-par.

Through two playoff holes, Johnson sat at 2-under, Oosthusizen at 1-under, and Leishman closed the pack at 1-over-par

After three holes, Johnson led the group at one-under, one stroke ahead of Oosthusizen and two ahead of Leishman.

Johnson and Oosthusizen pared the final hole, giving Johnson a one-stoke victory.

Johnson captured the 2007 Masters championship, and Monday’s victory is the 39-year-old’s second career major win.

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