Jason Bohn won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on Sunday. Who, you ask? Exactly. I’ll be perfectly honest — I wouldn’t have been able to pick Bohn out of a line-up until about 30 hours ago. Hell, I wasn’t even going to bother watching the tournament. I mean, I’ll watch golf when the Tigers and Phils aren’t in the field, but a rain-delayed event with a bunch of relative unknowns headlining the leaderboard doesn’t exactly scream must-watch TV.
But lucky for me, my friend turned the channel to the telecast with a few holes left. I didn’t really know anything about Jason Bohn except thinking he had a cool last name when I’d occasionally catch it on a leaderboard. Did you know that when he was a freshman at the University of Alabama in 1992, he made a hole-in-one to win a million dollars? Yeah, it’s a pretty cool story actually. (See the video here via Golf Channel — his reaction is priceless.) His collegiate career was cut short — in fact, he never even played a tournament — because his buddies persuaded him to enter this contest and he ended up making an ace. What are the odds, right?
Last week in New Orleans he led wire-to-wire to capture his second career PGA Tour victory. So the field was a little weak with only a few top-50 players — if you can still even count Sergio Garcia, who is ranked 23rd in the world (by the way, how the hell is he still ranked that high?). But I was really impressed with Bohn’s approach shot on the finishing hole. After Jeff Overton, who trailed by two, knocked it on the green in two on the par 5 (which was also a really gutsy, spectacular shot after a wayward drive), Bohn, who had laid up on, nearly holed out from 148 yards. I don’t care who is or isn’t in the field — coming up with a clutch shot like that is always worth writing about.
In his post-round interview, he gave Peter Kostis a big hug (the anti-Tiger). It was endearing — enough to make me a fan. And a good reminder that sometimes nice guys do finish first. Oh man, did I really write that? I’m getting soft. Uhh, so, with the PGA Tour in Charlotte this week and some players at the Bobcats/Magic game tonight, I wonder if Tiger will hang out with old buddy Michael Jordan…