Johnson saves the best for last

Zach Johnson was thrilled after shooting a hole-in-one during his final round of the US Open, even though he finished way off the pace in a tie for 40th.

The American took advantage of the favourable pin placing on the right side of the green on the short ninth, with his tee shot landing about 20 feet left of the flag before curling down a ridge into the cup after a couple of bounces.

While it was his first in-tournament ace, it was the third year in a row that a hole-in-one was notched at the US Open and the 44th in the tournament’s history.

Johnson’s feat was made even more memorable because his three children were present at the North Carolina course to support him during Father’s Day.

“It makes a pretty sour, average week a little sweeter,” Johnson admitted.

“A hole-in-one is great, in a major I’m assuming it’s a pretty good deal. My caddie actually made a wager with someone, he bet $100 that no one would make a hole-in-one this week.”