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Zach Johnson wins the BMW Championship

Zach Johnson claimed the BMW Championship on Monday with a final-round 65 to power him into the lucrative FedEx Cup reckonings.

The win at Illinois' Conway Farms was enough to jump Johnson into the top five places of the season-ending tournament, with the final Tour Championship contest taking place in Atlanta next weekend.

Johnson finished two ahead of Nick Watney and further stroke ahead of overnight leader Jim Furyk, World No1 Tiger Woods was seven shots back.

"A great week, a phenomenal day, one of the best final rounds I probably have come up with in a while, especially coming down the stretch," Johnson said. " … It was a week of perseverance and patience."

Over a year since Johnson was on the winner's bracket, the 37-year-old claimed his 10th PGA Tour title to add to fine performances at the most recent two majors where he tied for 6th (British Open) and 8th (PGA Championship).

"I don't think this validates what I've done over the last three months," Johnson said. "It just means I'm playing well and I made more putts this week. That's really what it boils down to. If anything it validates the fact that I've got a tremendous team of guys and specifically my family that I trust and who trusts me, and we're doing the right things."

"I'm not so sure I even understand what that is and what that means, especially considering whose era I'm playing in, with Tiger and obviously Phil (Mickelson) and some of those guys. I certainly take pride in the fact that I've done what I've done," Johnson said. "But I've done what I've done because of work and a great team. I'm a product of other people that have helped me throughout my career."

The Iowan native found plenty of crowd support from the gathered fans, and saluted them on Monday with a 360-degree turn of applause.

"I'm not from Chicago," Johnson said, "but I feel local. And the fans that followed me today, I heard it. I heard 'Go Iowa, go Drake, go Regis,' my high school. I don't want to understate that or take it for granted."

"This is the Midwest, man. This is Chicago," he added. "I've got brothers here, cousins, uncles. This is the big city east of where I'm from."


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