Bohn celebrated his 37th birthday Saturday but really got the icing for his cake on Sunday with a win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Leading after each round this week in Louisiana there was plenty of rivals for the title in the final round but Bohn kept to his calm, veteran style of play and closed like a champion over the back nine of the TPC of Louisiana.
Birdies on three of his final four holes separated Bohn from leading rival, Jeff Overton, and put him ultimately at 18 under par (65, 67, 71, 67-270) to win by two strokes.
Bohn, who has become a regular on the PGA Tour, including a win at the 2005 B.C. Open, has had plenty of highlights in his varied golf career. Many are aware of his $1 million dollar ace as a freshman at the University of Alabama, but not everybody realizes he shot 58 once during a Canadian Tour event on Mike Weir’s old home course in Ontario.
Things were not looking exceptionally great for Bohn through the first nine holes of his final round today. Rookie Troy Merritt burst on to the top of the leaderboard with a seven under stretch of golf in an equal number of holes in the middle of his round. Unfortunately the rookie then started to play like one when he likely realized where he stood. A bogey followed by a bunch of pars does not get it done on the PGA Tour.
What does accomplish the task are shots of over 200 yards struck to just five feet and that is where Bohn’s game shines as the leader on the PGA Tour in ball striking from that distance. That was evident on holes 15 and 17 today where he hit incredible shots from that length, converting the one on 15 for a birdie that got his final rally rolling.
The shots were all that more impressive when you consider that Bohn played 54 holes over the weekend, including 30 today.
Even so, he was able to keep his composure and a clear mind, even in the face of fatigue. That’s pretty hard to do when the alarm clock is going off at 4 in the morning like it has for the last three days for Bohn but he answered the bell today, with distinction.
“I’ve been working on staying patient and I was able to do that today,” Bohn exclaimed. “I’m just thrilled to be the called the champion of the Zurich Classic.”
Bohn says he has a lot of goals for 2010 and this win gets him started on a list that he says is a deep one, although he chooses to keep it to himself at this point. “I’m moving in the right direction; that makes me very happy.”
As always Bohn was gracious, especially when speaking of his competitors. “Jeff Overton played great. He would have been a very deserving champion today. He definitely put the pressure on me.”
Even with that factor Bohn stuck to his game plan on the 18th hole, a reachable par five, where he knew Overton could still catch him. “I laid up twice there,” said Bohn of the hole. “I stuck to my plan and still made a birdie. I played that (9 iron) to finish short of the hole but it got back there. To have that length of putt to close out the tournament was a dream.”
Bohn will fulfill another dream in 2011. His win not only nets him $1.152 million and pushed him to 11th on the FedEx Cup Points list but it will also send him to The Masters for the 2nd time in his career.
This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)