Zach Johnson

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Zach Johnson

Johnson in April 2007 at Harbour Town
Personal information
Full nameZachary Harris Johnson
Born(1976-02-24) February 24, 1976 (age 36)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
SpouseKim Johnson (m. 2003)
ChildrenWill, Wyatt
Career
CollegeDrake University
Turned professional1998
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 2004)
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Hooters Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour9
Nationwide Tour2
Other12
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 2007
U.S. OpenT30: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT3: 2010
Achievements and awards
Nationwide Tour
leading money winner
2003
Nationwide Tour
Player of the Year
2003
 
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Zach Johnson

Johnson in April 2007 at Harbour Town
Personal information
Full nameZachary Harris Johnson
Born(1976-02-24) February 24, 1976 (age 36)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
SpouseKim Johnson (m. 2003)
ChildrenWill, Wyatt
Career
CollegeDrake University
Turned professional1998
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 2004)
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Hooters Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour9
Nationwide Tour2
Other12
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 2007
U.S. OpenT30: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT3: 2010
Achievements and awards
Nationwide Tour
leading money winner
2003
Nationwide Tour
Player of the Year
2003

Zachary Harris Johnson (born February 24, 1976) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the 2007 Masters champion.

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Early life

The son of a chiropractor, Johnson was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids,[1] the oldest of Dave and Julie Johnson's three children. Playing many sports as a youth (baseball, basketball, football, and soccer), Johnson took up golf at age 10 and developed his skills at Elmcrest Country Club. He played number-two on the Regis High School golf team and led them to an Iowa 3A state championship in 1992, his sophomore year.

Following graduation from high school in 1994, Johnson enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines. As the number-two player on the Drake golf team, he led the Bulldogs to three NCAA regional meets and two Missouri Valley championships. Johnson's uncle, Tom Harris, qualified for the 1975 NAIA national tournament. Johnson has admitted to not being the best player on his high school or college team, but was quoted in his Masters speech saying, "I just kept getting better every year."[citation needed]

Professional career

Johnson turned professional in 1998 and played on the developmental tour circuit, including the now-defunct Prairie Golf Tour, the Buy.com Tour (later the Nationwide Tour and Web.com Tour), and the Hooters Tour, where he won the final three regular-season events in 2001. In 2003, he topped the money list on the Nationwide Tour with then record earnings of $494,882, earning an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour. He won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 BellSouth Classic outside of Atlanta when he finished one stroke ahead of Mark Hensby. In 2006, Johnson recorded a number of impressive results including two runner-up places and finishing third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. As a result of this, Johnson qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the first time in 2006, finishing 9th on the U.S. points list.

On April 8, 2007, Johnson won the Masters Tournament in Augusta by a margin of 2 strokes over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, and Rory Sabbatini. It was his first major title. His score of 289 (+1) tied Sam Snead (1954) and Jack Burke Jr. (1956) for the highest winning score at the Masters. His victory took him from #56 to #15 in the world rankings; he was the first outside the top 50 in the world rankings to win the Masters in the history of the rankings. After winning, he mentioned his Christian faith and thanked God, saying "This being Easter, I cannot help but believe my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was walking with me. I owe this to Him."[2]

Six weeks after winning the Masters, Johnson won for the third time on tour at the 2007 AT&T Classic in a playoff over Ryuji Imada. Following the win, Johnson moved to a career-best 13th in the world rankings. His next PGA Tour victory, and first outside the state of Georgia, came at the 2008 Valero Texas Open, where he finished with rounds of 62 and 64 over the weekend to finish two strokes ahead of a chasing pack of players.

Johnson won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2009 for his fifth victory on the PGA Tour, and successfully defended his title at the Valero Texas Open in May with a playoff victory over James Driscoll.[3] With a third-round 60, Johnson became the first player to shoot 60 twice on the PGA Tour, having done so previously at the 2007 Tour Championship. The win was Johnson's sixth on tour. Other highlights in 2009 include a tie for 2nd place at the John Deere Classic and a solo 3rd place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished the season ranked a career best fourth on the money list.

In 2010, Johnson started the season solidly on the PGA Tour, making ten of his first eleven cuts without any significant results. Then in June 2010, Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, his seventh PGA Tour victory. Johnson only missed two cuts all year on route to qualifying for the season ending Tour Championship and the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team, his second appearance in the event.[4]

Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for the second time in his career in 2012. He made a five foot putt on the last hole for what appeared to be a three shot victory, but a ruling on the final hole resulted in a two-stroke penalty. Fortunately, it did not affect the outcome of the tournament, with the only difference being Johnson signing for a 6 instead of a 4 on the final hole, with Johnson winning by a single stroke over Jason Dufner.[5] He jumped to 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings and returned to the world top 20 with this victory. Johnson would move to second in the FedEx Cup standings with a playoff win on July 15, 2012, at the John Deere Classic.[6] Johnson defeated Troy Matteson, who started the day up four shots on Johnson and had led the tournament since the first round,[7] with a birdie on the second hole of their playoff. Johnson also started the day behind three-time defending champion Steve Stricker, who was three shots behind Matteson. It was Johnson's second win on the year after winning at Colonial Country Club.[8] Mike Bender, Johnson's swing coach, also caddied for the week while usual caddie Damon Green played in the U.S. Senior Open.[9] At the 2012 Open Championship, played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, Johnson would finish at even par for the tournament (280), tied for ninth, seven shots behind winner Ernie Els.[10] In his eight previous Open appearances, Johnson had never finished better than 16th.[11]

Personal life

Johnson and his wife, Kim, were members of First Baptist Church in Orlando.[12] Johnson was raised a Catholic, but joined his wife's church prior to their marriage in 2003. They have two sons, Will and Wyatt. They lived in Lake Mary, Florida and now reside in St. Simons, Georgia.[13]

On September 4, 2007, Johnson led the singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch of the Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.

In May 2011, the Zach Johnson Foundation donated to both Van Buren Elementary School and Harrison Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is a part of an educational program titled "Kids on Course".

Professional wins (23)

PGA Tour wins (9)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (8)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Apr 4, 2004BellSouth Classic69-66-68-72=275–131 strokeAustralia Mark Hensby
2Apr 8, 2007Masters Tournament71-73-76-69=289+12 strokesSouth Africa Retief Goosen, South Africa Rory Sabbatini,
United States Tiger Woods
3May 20, 2007AT&T Classic71-66-69-67=273–15PlayoffJapan Ryuji Imada
4Oct 12, 2008Valero Texas Open69-66-62-64=261–192 strokesSouth Korea Charlie Wi, New Zealand Tim Wilkinson,
United States Mark Wilson
5Jan 18, 2009Sony Open in Hawaii69-65-66-65=265–152 strokesAustralia Adam Scott, United States David Toms
6May 17, 2009Valero Texas Open68-67-60-70=265–15PlayoffUnited States James Driscoll
7May 30, 2010Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial65-66-64-64=259–213 strokesEngland Brian Davis
8May 27, 2012Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial64-67-65-72=268–121 strokeUnited States Jason Dufner
9Jul 15, 2012John Deere Classic68-65-66-65=264–20PlayoffUnited States Troy Matteson

PGA Tour playoff record (3–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12007AT&T ClassicJapan Ryuji ImadaWon with birdie on first extra hole
22009Valero Texas OpenUnited States James DriscollWon with birdie on first extra hole
32012John Deere ClassicUnited States Troy MattesonWon with birdie on second extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner-up
1Apr 27, 2003Rheem Classic65-70-71-66=272–8Playoff 1United States Steve Haskins
2Sep 7, 2003Envirocare Utah Classic68-69-65-65=267–211 strokeUnited States Bobby Gage

1 Defeated Haskins with birdie on first extra hole.

Other wins (12)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreTo parMarginRunners-up
2007Masters Tournament2 shot deficit71-73-76-69=289+12 strokesSouth Africa Retief Goosen, South Africa Rory Sabbatini, United States Tiger Woods

Results timeline

Tournament200420052006200720082009
The MastersDNPCUTT321T20CUT
U.S. OpenT48CUTCUTT45CUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTT20T51T47
PGA ChampionshipT37T17CUTCUTCUTT10
Tournament201020112012
The Masters42CUTT32
U.S. OpenT77T30T41
The Open ChampionshipT76T16T9
PGA ChampionshipT3T5970

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament20042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR643R64R64
Cadillac Championship10T43T45T9T9
Bridgestone InvitationalT22T9T36T11T16
Tournament2009201020112012
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR32R32R64R64
Cadillac ChampionshipT53T37T24T17
Bridgestone InvitationalT15T33T6T40
HSBC ChampionsDNPDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

YearWins (Majors)Earnings ($)Rank
200412,417,68519
200501,796,44139
200602,452,25024
20072 (1)3,922,3388
200811,615,12353
200924,714,8134
201012,916,99319
201101,880,40644
2012*23,912,9413
Career*9 (1)25,685,99021

* As of July 15, 2012.

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

See also

References

  1. ^ Sobel, Jason (April 10, 2007). "Who is Zach Johnson?". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/masters07/columns/story?columnist=sobel_jason&id=2830348. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Baggs, Mercer (April 8, 2007). "Zach's Win More than Self Serving". Golf Channel. http://www.golfchannel.com/news/mercer-baggs/zachs-win-more-than-self-serving/. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Johnson defends Texas Open crown". BBC Sport. May 17, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8054834.stm. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zach Johnson beats Brian Davis to Colonial title". BBC Sport. May 31, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8714011.stm. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Zach Johnson passes Jason Dufner to win at Colonial". USA Today. associated Press. May 27, 2012. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/pga/story/2012-05-27/zach-johnson-wins-crowne-plaza-invitational-at-colonial/55237622/1. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Zach Johnson tops Troy Matteson in playoff to win John Deere". The Times of India. 16 July 2012. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/golf/top-stories/Zach-Johnson-tops-Troy-Matteson-in-playoff-to-win-John-Deere/articleshow/14978685.cms. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Johnson beats Matteson in playoff to win John Deere". Yahoo! Sports. Reuters. July 15, 2012. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/johnson-beats-matteson-playoff-win-john-deere-232358103--golf.html. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Zach Johnson tops Troy Matteson in playoff to win John Deere Classic". Associate Press. Golf.com. July 15, 2012. http://www.golf.com/ap-news/johnson-tops-matteson-playoff-win-john-deere?sct=hp_t2_a11&eref=sihp. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Denney, Bob (July 2012). "Teacher and student combine for championship team". PGA of America. http://www.pga.com/news/news-feature/former-pga-teacher-year-mike-bender-caddies-student-zach-johnson-johnson-wins-john. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Leaderboard: The 2012 Open Championship". Yahoo! Sports. July 22, 2012. http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/leaderboard. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Jimenez, Tony (July 21, 2012). "Zach Johnson all smiles". London Free Press. Reuters. http://www.lfpress.com/sports/othersports/2012/07/21/20012906.html. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ Roach, Erin (April 10, 2007). "Masters winner buoyed by faith, marriage". Baptist Press. http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=25361. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ Robbins, Josh (January 21, 2009). "Johnson thrives following move". Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2009-01-21/sports/golfnotes21_1_johnson-central-florida-tour. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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