Past champ and World No. 38 Zach Johnson backed up with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish up his 12th appearance on 17-under 263, down four spots into a two-way T6, 10 shy of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.
The 2009 champ began the final round in solo 2nd, seven adrift of playing competitor Thomas. After an opening bogey-5 at the first (failed sand save), which ended a blemish-free run at 38 holes, he made the turn on 2-under, still T2, circling birdies on Nos. 2, 7 and 9 (from 15'2"). The Iowa native, who mustered just 11 greens in regulation, squandered shots at 10 and 13, also failed sand saves, before rebounding with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, the latter from 20'8". He missed birdie tries from inside of 12 feet at 16 and 18, but did knock in a par-saver earlier at the sixth from 21'11" to avoid further damage. This is Johnson's first top 10 of the season after a missed cut at the RSM, and first since T10 at the WGC-Bridgestone last July.