Johnson lands John Deere Classic
Zach Johnson reserved his best for the play-off with Troy Matteson as he won the John Deere Classic at the second extra hole.
The local man carded a six-under-par final-round 65 to finish on 20-under, with Matteson's 69 good enough to earn him a spot in the play-off.
The two stars both recorded double bogeys on the first extra hole before Johnson found the sand with his drive on the second.
But his 192-yard approach finished up just inches from the hole and the inevitable birdie handed the 36-year-old his second PGA Tour victory of the season, with Matteson only managing par.
Johnson is now up to fifth in the US Ryder Cup standings after adding another victory to the Crowne Plaza Invitational title he won at the end of May.
The Georgia resident had been solid all week, with rounds of 68, 65 and 66 before Sunday's effort, but he admitted his play-off effort was as good as it gets.
"I think we're stating the obvious," he told pgatour.com. "That was really good. That was my shot of the week."
Matteson looked to have blown his chances of victory after carding a double bogey at the 15th, but he struck back with an eagle two holes later to force extra holes.
And despite losing out on the chance of winning his third PGA title, the 32-year-old was philosophical in defeat.
"All in all, you go into a play-off and lose to a shot like that, I mean, that's an unbelievable shot," he said. "To hit it six inches to that hole location, I mean, if you ask most pros, they'll take middle of the green where my ball was all day long.
"My hat's off to Zach. He drove it in the bunker twice and figured out a way to win. It's a great story, you know, home-town kid. It was really good."
Scott Piercy's 65 gave him third place on -18, with Australian John Senden a further shot back, while Steve Stricker, who had won the tournament for the past three years, ended up in a tie for fifth with Luke Guthrie on 16-under-par.
England's Gary Christian mixed five birdies with as many bogeys on Sunday and finished in a tie for 19th on -12, and those who have a spot in the Open Championship can now turn their attentions to the challenge of taking on the links course at Lytham.