Zach Johnson, a four-time winner on the NGA Hooters Tour, got another jacket to add to his collection.
Johnson claimed his seventh PGA Tour victory Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The winner receives a plaid jacket as well as a massive trophy.
“The green one was humbling, probably a little bit more surreal,” Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, told The Associated Press. “This one is very humbling knowing the gentlemen who have donned this jacket.”
Johnson was one of 10 Hooters Tour alum who placed in the tournament: Boo Weakley (ninth), Kris Blanks (T-13), Stewart Cink (T-22), Blake Adams (T-27), Lee Jansen (T-44), Derek Lamely (T-44), Ben Curtis (T-50), James Nitties (T-59), Jerry Kelly (T-59) and John Daly (66th).
Adams and Lamely are past participants in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic, which will be staged June 17-20 at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.
Adams, who played in the Miami tournament twice — 2003, (T-38) and in 2006 (T-14) — finished in a tie for second at the Valero Texas Open last weekend.
Lamely tied for 61st in the 2007 BRCC.
Johnson played on the Hooters Tour from 2001-03 and was the tour’s player of the year in ‘01.
The win was Johnson’s first since winning in San Antonio last May. His best finish his first 12 tournaments this season had been a tie for 12th at the Sony Open in Hawaii the second week of the season.
Johnson won at Hogan’s Alley with a tournament-record 21-under 259. His closing 6-under 64 put him three strokes ahead of third-round co-leader Brian Davis (68).
“Zach won the tournament, I didn’t lose it,” Davis told the AP. “I proved myself today, that I stood in there and it took a (majors) champion to beat me.”
When Johnson made a birdie at the 381-yard 17th following two weather delays, giving him a two-stroke lead, a smile stretched across his face and he emphatically pumped his fist.
“As far as momentum and a big putt, that was a big one,” Johnson, said. “I figure if you get to 21, you have got a pretty good chance. … Quite frankly, the biggest one, I thought, was probably on 15.”
Johnson earned $1,116,000 for his victory, moving him into 14th place on the Fed Ex Cup standings.
The Associated Press contributed information to this story.