What to watch for: Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship

Sunday May 3rd, 2009

Last month was the two-year anniversary of Zach Johnson's Masters triumph, a victory memorable both for Johnson's spot-on wedge game and his grit despite a late charge from Tiger Woods.
Johnson can't overpower a golf course the way Woods can, but he can still jab it and gum it to death.
With a two-shot lead over Woods, George McNeill and Lucas Glover, I'm going to be watching to see if Johnson can lean on his wedge game once more and keep Woods from chasing him down.
Though they won't be paired together, Johnson will have a great view of Woods playing one group in front of him (Johnson will play with Glover, Woods with McNeill). The thing is, Johnson doesn't scare easily.
In many ways, he reminds me of a latter-day Corey Pavin: he has little power off the tee, but he still finds ways of getting the ball in the hole before his opponents. Johnson's been underestimated since he was in his teens. He just doesn't look like much. But when he gets close to a lead, Johnson isn't the kind to melt from pressure. He'll see Woods in that red shirt, swinging with power and fury, and calmly stick to his own game.
Johnson's biggest victory to date was his green jacket in 2007. A victory at Quail Hollow on Sunday would fit in nicely as his second biggest.

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