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Zach Johnson edges Tiger at Sherwood

Beating Tiger Woods at Tiger Woods' tournament in order to win a trophy of a tiger seems a little blasphemous ... but Zach Johnson wasn't worried about breaking tradition as much as winning $1 million.

At the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California, Johnson holed out from 58 yards away to force a playoff with Woods, then beat the 14-time Major winner when the No.1 player in the world missed a short putt on the first playoff hole.

Johnson rallied from four strokes down with eight holes to go. It's only the fourth time in Woods' illustrious career that he has lost a tournament when he had at least a two-stroke lead.

Both players finished at 13-under. In the playoff, Johnson missed an eight-foot putt for birdie to settle for par, and Woods seemed destined to send it to a second hole until his par putt spun off the cup, a rather anti-climactic finish.

This was the last year of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks. It will move to Isleworth in Florida in 2014.

In anticipation of the final round of the tournament, a record crowd of 24,922 showed up.

The Challenge was the last tournament of 2014, but has no relevance on the FedEx Cup Standings.

Johnson fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday, with only a bogey on No. 10 to blemish his card. It was a strong bounce back from his even-par 72 on Saturday.

Johnson could not find a rhythm, firing four birdies, eight pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

Woods seemed in command of the tournament after two rounds. He bogeyed the first hole of the first round, ending the day at 1-under.

He came out blazing on Friday, hitting 10 birdies, five on the front and five more on the back nine. Woods won $400,000 for his troubles.

Americans Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson finished tie for third at 9-under. Kuchar was in the hunt after two rounds with a pair of 68s to sit 8-under.

Kuchar's chances went up in smoke on Saturday. He birdied the first two holes to drop to 10-under, then fell apart with six bogeys between holes No. 4 and 16 to shoot a 4-over 76.

He rallied to fire a 5-under 67, but fell out of contention thanks to a double bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on No. 18.

Watson was consistent, if nothing else, firing three 70s and a 69. Webb Simpson finished fifth at 7-under, not bad considering he was at even par after two rounds.

Graeme McDowell finished sixth at 5-under, with Ian Poulter seventh at 3-under. Despite the talented field, only 10 players finished under par - with Jim Furyk (-2) , Bill Haas (-1) and Jason Day (-1) rounding out the Top 10.

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, fresh off his win at the Australian Open, finished 11th at even par. McIlroy struggled out of the gate and was 6-over after two days, most of that the result of a disastrous quadruple bogey on No. 15 on Friday.

McIlroy rallied to fire six birdies on Saturday en route to a 4-under 68 and added a 2-under 70 on Sunday.

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