May
27
2012
Your 2012 Memorial Day weekend open thread: Zach attack and Luke back to No. 1
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Zach and caddie Damon Green pay tribute to Damon's dad who last battle to stomach cancer 10 days ago

Just landed in Columbus for Jack’s tournament, the Memorial, this upcoming week — that’s right, after a two-week hiatus, I’m back on Tour. Woot!

While I was packing and hustling to catch my flight, I watched the last nine holes of the duel between Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner, who was gunning for his third win in four starts, at Colonial. It might as well have been match play since the rest of the field was too many strokes back to catch the duo. Turned out to be an intriguing finish in more than one way.

Zach was assessed a two-stroke penalty on the 18th hole to cut his margin of victory to just a shot — good thing he made that five-footer, huh?! He had moved his original mark out of Dufner’s line and forgot to replace it before placing his ball down to roll in that final putt. Whoops.

“There’s a number of adjectives I’m calling myself right now. And lucky would be the biggest one,” Johnson said. “Blessed would be another one, humbled would be another one. It’s an honor to put this jacket on once. … I’m in shock I got it twice.”

Johnson was caught up with the emotion of winning another title at Colonial and the victory in honor of his caddie’s late father that it slipped his mind. Again, thank God Zach drained the five-footer and that someone pointed it out before he signed his scorecard.

After Johnson snagged runner-up honors at the Players Championship, his long-time caddie Damon Green drove home to Pensacola, Florida, to see his 88-year-old father, who passed away ten days ago after a long fight with stomach cancer.

“He wanted to be here, he felt like his dad wanted him to be here,” Johnson said via the AP. “I think he’s the one that deserves this one more than I do. His courage and certainly his strength to get through last week and then work, and work well this week, to stay focused somehow. That’s really commendable.”

Congrats to Zach and Damon, two of the best guys out there.

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Boo Weekley spent so much time hanging out in the valet parking waiting area with a beer in hand that the good people at Colonial made it his official spot during the weekend…

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It was kind of like deja vu for Luke Donald, who successfully defended his title at the European PGA Championship to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking, except this time from Rory McIlroy.

“What a place to do it,” Donald said. “To come and defend and get back to No1 is very sweet indeed. Obviously, my next step is to win majors. I feel I am getting closer. These victories are key to taking confidence you need into the big four.”

Donald won by a commanding four shots over fellow Englishman Justin Rose and Scot Paul Lawrie. This is the third time in 10 weeks that Luke has retaken the top spot from McIlroy.

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Check out this week’s PGA Tour Confidential for more opinions and musings on this past week.

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Any play golf this weekend? Anyone play well or have a special round/shot? Share your stories below!

Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day weekend — let’s not forget what this holiday stands for and take moment to remember the servicemen and women who have given their lives to defending our country.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)