The 2012 John Deere Classic truly lived up to its name on Sunday. Zach Johnson came from behind in the final round to defeat Troy Matteson on the second playoff hole, winning with a overall score of 20-under.
Johnson, the Iowa City native, looked as though he would win in regulation down the stretch, playing tremendous golf. On the back nine, Johnson birdied three of his final six holes while taking what appeared to be an insurmountable lead.
However, Matteson stepped up and knocked in a 60-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole to draw even and eventually send the event into a playoff.
After each player made double-bogey on the first playoff hole, Johnson hit an approach that landed one foot away from the pin, leaving him a tap-in birdie for the win.
Afterward, Johnson was thrilled:
"It just feels awesome," Johnson said. "This tournament has meant so much to me and my family, from when they gave me exemptions to being a part of its board."
Steve Stricker, who had won this event the previous three years, was in the thick of it for most of the day before fading on the final few holes. Stricker ended up 16-under, four shots off the pace.