Golf: Zach Johnson catches up with Tiger Woods and beats him in play-off

Zach Johnson holds up his ball after holing out from the drop zone on the 18th hole during the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013, in Thousand Oaks, California. -- PH
Zach Johnson holds up his ball after holing out from the drop zone on the 18th hole during the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013, in Thousand Oaks, California. -- PHOTO: AP

THOUSAND OAKS (REUTERS) - Zach Johnson prides himself on his competitive spirit and he came up with the goods after going head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge yesterday.

Two shots behind Woods at the start of the day, he fell four behind with just eight holes left before making four birdies, along with a spectacular wedge hole-out for par at the last, to take the tournament into a play-off.

Having twice finished second to tournament host Woods in the elite limited-field event, Johnson reversed that position as he safely parred the first extra hole before Woods surprisingly lipped out from five feet to bogey.

"Everybody talks about going head to head with him," said Johnson.

"That's what I want as a competitor. I want to play against the best. He's the best I've ever played with, and I want to put myself in that position."