On Sunday at Sherwood Country Club, golf fans who have been hibernating from the game the last six weeks were entertained by some incredible golf by some of the biggest names in the world.
Tiger Woods, the host of the event, looked like he would cruise to another victory, but it was Zach Johnson who caught him thanks to a hole-out on the 72nd hole and then a short miss by Tiger in the playoff.
The wedge from Johnson was obviously the shot of the week, but it wasn't the only hole-out that took place at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Watch Matt Kuchar nearly make a double eagle, Bubba Watson use that impressive short game that won him the Masters, and Tiger nearly answer Johnson's pitch on the final hole with his own from a short-sided bunker.
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You might remember John Peterson from Olympic Club back in 2012, when the unknown LSU fan with the great golf swing and putter cover in his back pocket nearly won that U.S. Open before Webb Simpson took home the trophy.
Peterson finished T-4 that week, and after a solid season this past year on the Web.com Tour, it's on to the PGA Tour for the 24-year-old Texan.
And apparently, Peterson really, really loves the game. So much that when he was stuck in a traffic jam on I-20 in Texas, he got out of his car, grabbed a couple of clubs and went to work on his golf game.
Peterson videotaped the whole experience which you can watch below, but I would say this probably isn't the best idea to past the time when you're in bumper-to-bumper traffic unless you're really accurate with your irons. I don't think "FORE!" works when people are sitting in their cars with the windows rolled up and the music on.
Tiger Woods missing a short putt to lose a tournament? It happened. Zach Johnson hitting an 8-iron from the middle of the fairway to a very accessible pin location only to shank it in the hazard on the final hole of regulation? Yep, that also was part of the bizarre finish in chilly California.
Woods had a four-shot lead over Johnson with eight holes to go on Sunday at his own event, and just when it looked like it was over Johnson birdied the 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th, and then came to the last tied with Woods, and had the advantage after finding the fairway as Woods missed well left.
Tiger had to hit a heroic second shot after missing the fairway to even get the ball on the green, but short-sided himself in the bunker and it was Johnson's tournament to win.
Johnson, a man known to be deadly with a wedge, had knocked down the last two flags to set up Tiger-catching birdies, and with a green light flag like the 18th on Sunday at Sherwood, it seemed that a birdie was much more likely than a bogey.
Johnson shanked his 8-iron into a hazard that basically doesn't come into play for professionals, and it looked like one of the biggest chokes ever in this event before he hit his fourth shot from the drop zone.
The ball spun back in the hole for the par, Tiger could only smirk, and then had to get up and down from a really tough position just to make a playoff.
It was there that we were reminded that this Tiger is not the man who once never seemed to miss a shot or a putt when it mattered. Woods' approach shot weakly drifted right into that same bunker, a really poor golf swing considering the man and the moment, and after another great shot from the bunker, his par putt went begging and it was Johnson's title to keep.
A strange ending to a fairly strange week in Sherwood, with Johnson following up one of the worst shots you will ever see by a professional trying to win a golf tournament with one of the best wedges you'll ever see to send the event into a playoff.