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Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Bohn weathers Zurich


Associated Press

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Jason Bohn played 30 holes yesterday to win the weather-plagued Zurich Classic.

PATRICK SEMANSKY | Associated Press

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AVONDALE, La. For Jason Bohn, the second time was even better.

Bohn won the Zurich Classic yesterday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing three of the final four holes at TPC Louisiana for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Jeff Overton.

"This is life-changing," said the 37-year-old Bohn, who admitted making his putt on 18 with tears in his eyes.

Bohn, who completed a third-round 71 in the morning in the weather-plagued tournament, finished at 18-under 270. He also won the 2005 B.C. Open.

Yesterday's victory, coming as it did after a variety of injuries and back surgery, was especially sweet, Bohn said. He told his caddie at the start of the final round he was planning on a quiet round.

"I just said I probably wouldn't say much because I'm capturing all of this," Bohn said. "I want to take this one to the grave. I want to remember every little detail that I missed on my first one."

Bohn led since his 65 in the opening round, but admitted he felt the heat yesterday as several players moved into range.

Overton mounted a persistent challenge, twice tying Bohn on his way to a 66.

"Jeff was playing beautifully. He played beautiful golf today," Bohn said. "I would say almost perfect."

Overton birdied the 18th after missing a long eagle putt, but Bohn, who made birdie putts of 5 1/2 feet on No. 15 and 22 feet on No. 16, had to only tap in on 18 for his fifth birdie of the round.

Overton said he played great yesterday, but Bohn was unbelievable.

"The final four holes, I maybe got a little quick with putts," Overton said. "Maybe because I wanted it so much."

Troy Merritt (67) was third at 14 under, Lee Janzen (69) was another stroke back and Greg Chalmers (69) was 12 under.

Heavy rain and lightning Friday and again Saturday morning delayed the early rounds. Bohn played 24 holes Saturday and 30 yesterday.

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf: Mark O'Meara got the help he needed to win for the first time on the Champions Tour, teaming with Nick Price to beat Joey Sindelar and John Cook on the second hole of a playoff in the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at Savannah, Ga.

O'Meara, the 1998 Masters and British Open winner, won for the first time since the PGA European Tour's 2004 Dubai Desert Classic.

Price ended the playoff with a 7-foot par putt.

Cook and Sindelar (61) and O'Meara and Price (62) finished at 28-under 188 in the 54-hole event at The Club at Savannah Harbor, an island layout in the Savannah River.

Andy Bean and Lu Chien-soon (64) were a stroke back, and Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman (63) and Fred Couples-Jay Haas (64) tied for fourth at 23 under.

Ken Green, making his first Champions Tour start since having his lower right leg amputated after an auto accident in June that killed his brother and girlfriend, teamed with Mike Reid to tie for 26th at 12 under. They had a 71 yesterday.

Ballantine's Championship: Australia's Marcus Fraser broke a seven-year title drought, shooting a 3-under 69 to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the weather-shortened Ballantine's Championship at Jeju, South Korea.

Fraser had just one bogey going into final round and added only one more, on the 18th hole. He finished at 12-under 204 at Pinx Golf Club, where the tournament was shortened to 54 holes after fog delayed the first day of play for nearly seven hours.

The 31-year-old Fraser won for the first time since the 2003 Russian Open.

Australia's Brett Rumford (71) and Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin (72) tied for second, four strokes back.