Johnson wins John Deere, Singh lifts title in Scotland

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Updated: July 16, 2012

American Zach Johnson birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat compatriot Troy Matteson and capture the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, on Sunday.

It was the second PGA Tour title of the year for the 2007 Masters champion, who celebrated his ninth career win with hugs from his children on the 18th green before heading off to board a charter plane put on by the tournament sponsor to fly him to Britain for next week’s British Open.

On the European Tour, Jeev Milkha Singh of India birdied the first hole of his playoff with Francesco Molinari to win the Scottish Open after a final-round meltdown by local hope Marc Warren on Sunday.

Singh, the son of an Olympic 400-metre runner, holed from 10 feet on No 18 to claim his fourth victory on the European Tour and earn himself a spot in next week’s Open Championship in the process.

Both players had finished with 17-under totals of 271, with Singh shooting a 5-under 67 – the joint-lowest round of the day – and overnight leader Molinari returning a 72 as he attempted a wire-to-wire victory after a dominant week in the Scottish Highlands.