Countdown to the Masters: 9 Days
With the Masters set to kick off on April 7, we celebrate the coming of the first Major of 2016 by revisiting the best of the best from days gone by.
Date: April 8, 2007
In a field thick with modern greats, 31-year-old Zach Johnson took home his first Major with the highest winning score in tournament history, a 1-over 289. Nine years after his dramatic debut at the Open Championship, Justin Rose fired out of the gate with a 3-under 69 to tie Brett Wetterich for the lead. At the end of 36 holes, only three players were under par, with Johnson one of four tied for forth at even par. Saturday saw the course attack the players, as temperatures dropped into the mid-40s and the wind hit gusts of 33 miles per hour. No player shot below a 70 on the day, giving Stuart Appleby the lead at 2-over, followed by by Rose and Tiger Woods. Down two strokes after 54, Johnson bogeyed No. 1 on Sunday, as Woods rose into a tie with Appleby at 4-under for the lead. Johnson birdied his next two holes to tie Woods at 3-over, then saw Rory Sabbatini briefly take command with an eagle on No. 8. Johnson and Sabbatini separated from the pack with birdies on No. 13 to get to 2-over, and a second straight birdie by Johnson on No. 14 put him two strokes ahead. he would birdie 16 as well to maintain a two-stroke lead and when Rose double-bogeyed 17 he walked away with a 2-stroke victory.