The 39-year-old Johnson had an 18-under 266 total on the
Crestview Country Club course and earned $90,000 to jump from 139th
to 29th on the money list with $104,886. The top 20 at the end of
the season will earn 2007 PGA Tour cards.
"I knew it was going to be a battle today," Johnson said. "I
played really well. I think I performed better than I thought I
"Matt wasn't letting up. He kept pushing me. We both grinded it
right up until the end. I think we played really well but we had to
because so many guys were on that leaderboard with a chance to
The former Clemson player also won the tour's 1997 Puget Sound
Open, 1999 South Carolina and 2000 Permian Basin Open.
"It has been a long while," Johnson said. "My oldest daughter
is 6 years old, so she has never seen me win a golf tournament. She
just thinks I'm driving around the country playing golf
tournaments. I haven't been bringing home any money either."
Kuchar finished with a 68.
"K.J. played a great round of golf," said Kuchar, who earned
$54,000 to move from 22nd to 11th on the money list with $166,983.
"That is what champions do. There are a few things I wish I could
take back, but all in all I played good today. The more you get in
this situation the better you get at it."
Johnson had missed the cut in 10 of his 13 previous tour starts
this season, including a stretch of eight in a tow.
"I haven't been confident in a long time," Johnson said.
"I've been awful. You miss eight straight cuts and a lot of things
start going through your head.
"I was honestly questioning whether I should stay out here. It
beats up on you when you're not performing like you feel you ought
to. This gives me confidence to know I don't have to change my golf
Scott Gardiner and Craig Lile shot 67s to tie for third at 15