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Saturday 20 September 2014

Joy for Zach in hawaii

Karl MacGinty

Published 08/01/2014 | 02:30

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Zach Johnson holds the winning trophy after winning the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Kapalua, Hawaii. Johnson pulled away with three straight birdies on the back nine at Kapalua and closed with a 7-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth on Monday. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Zach Johnson holds the winning trophy after winning the Tournament of Champions golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii

A determined final-day push saw Zach Johnson burst through the leading pack to clinch the Hyundai Tournament of Champions title by a stroke from rising star Jordan Spieth in Hawaii.

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The 2007 Masters winner carded a third-round 74 on Sunday to let his three-shot lead slip away, but a clinical round of 66 that included seven birdies saw him push aside 20-year-old Spieth, defending champion Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson when it mattered.

Spieth, who would have forced a play-off had he chipped in on the 18th at Kapalua, had four birdies in his four-under-par round of 69 and had reached the turn with a one-shot lead over both Zach Johnson and 2013 US PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.

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