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Zach Johnson’s record-breaking performance denied England’s Brian Davis victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Fort Worth.

Zach Johnson’s record-breaking performance denied England’s Brian Davis victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Fort Worth.
Davis was on course to secure his first PGA Tour title as he held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the final round in Texas. He had entered the day sharing the lead with America’s Bryce Molder but the Briton birdied the first, second, sixth and seventh, with a bogey at the par-four fifth the only blemish on his outward nine as he moved to 19 under par.
However, he was one over par on the back nine, bogeying the 18th, to allow Johnson to steal in for a three-stroke victory, with his total of 21-under-par setting a tournament record as he followed Saturday’s six-under 64 with the same score on Sunday. The American had started the round a shot behind Davis and Molder but a stellar back-nine 31 gave him the advantage.
Scotland’s Martin Laird was back in the clubhouse after a final round 65 which included an eagle and four birdies moved him to 13 under par.
That was three shots adrift of American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.
Paul Casey finished with a four-under-par 66 to close at 12 under, alongside Korea’s KJ Choi, who had been in with a chance yesterday.
But Justin Rose’s difficult run continued as he cancelled out his three birdies with three bogeys to finish at level par for the tournament.
Johnson revealed he felt so good about his form he had put himself under pressure.
“I was trying to force things for a period there,” he told pgatour.com.
“I was too concerned about Sunday on Thursday just because I felt my game was in good condition. I felt like I should be able to contend and win, and rather than letting it happen.
“I was kind of due to make some putts as well as I was hitting it and the opportunities I gave myself.
“I just remained patient. Going in that the back nine, my mind frame was, ‘I don’t care if I win this golf tournament, or I don’t care if I lose it. I’m content with whatever happens. I’m going to go out fighting, and I’m going to go out aggressively’.”
Davis was gracious and refused to put himself down.
“Zach played great today,” he said. “He won the tournament. I didn’t lose it.”

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