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Zach Johnson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 2/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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Playing out of the final threesome, overnight co-leader and World No. 58 Zach Johnson labored to an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open, dropping four spots to a season-best solo 5th on 13-under 275, four in arrears of overnight co-leader and champion Andrew Landry, who shot 68.
The 42-year-old falls to 3-for-7 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes and 2-for-9 as a 36-hole leader/co-leader. He's now 6-for-8 at the VTO with five top 25s and four top 10s, first since T6 in 2014. After kicking off in 70-65-68, the 2008 and 2009 champ (at La Cantera GC) hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.421 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.472 on approach. He went out in level-par, exchanging two birdies with two bogeys, and came home with the same tally, lowlighted by a walk-off bogey-6, dropping him out of a share of 4th-place. The Drake alum recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and -1.387 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. He improves to 12-for-12 on the season with seven top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T8 at the RSM nine starts ago. Apr 22 - 8:10 PM

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Overnight co-leader and World No. 58 Zach Johnson authored a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to post 13-under 203, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Andrew Landry. UPDATE: Johnson will be in the final threesome on Sunday with Landry and Trey Mullinax.

This is the 42-year-old's seventh 54-hole lead/co-lead in 372 events, previously 3-for-6 converting. Most recently, he was T1 at the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone, shot 2-under 68 to finish runner-up. The Drake alum, a two-time VTO champ (at LaCantera GC) was the outright leader thru 54 holes at the 2009 Texas Open after a career-tying-low and tournament-record 60, and won in a playoff following an even-par 70. After kicking off with 70-65, he co-led with Ryan Moore and hit eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.910 strokes approaching-the-green. The Georgia resident squared two bogeys at holes 2 and 4, outflanked by six circles at 3, 6, 11, 14, 15 and 18, two from between 11 and 21 feet, adding a hole-out birdie-4 at 14 from 17 feet away. He posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 3.512 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. Johnson's most recent (of 12) TOUR titles is the 2015 Open 65 starts ago,, where he came from behind and won in a 3-man, 4-hole aggregate playoff.
Apr 21 - 6:34 PM

World No. 58 Zach Johnson bombarded the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, cruising to a 7-under-par 34-31=65 during the second round of the Valero Texas Open, staking a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Ryan Moore (9-under 135). UPDATE: This is Johnson's ninth 36-hole lead/co-lead in 372 events, previously 2-for-8 converting those into victories. Both of those "Ws" were when sole leader at the midpoint. His 65 was later matched for the low round of the week by past champion Martin Laird.

Johnson was 3-over thru 11 holes to start his week, looking like a potential early trunk slam. Instead, he rattled off nine birdies and two eagles over his next 25 holes to vault his name to the top of the leaderboard. Only two of his conversions today came from outside nine feet which tells you how good his tee-to-green play was today. The highlight of his round came at the par-4 5th where he holed out from the greenside bunker for an untraditional eagle. He needed a birdie at the last to tie the course record but missed a short one to swallow his first bogey of the day. ZJ is a two-time winner at this event but neither came at TPC San Antonio. Playing his 18th round at the course, this beats his previous best by three shots (68, R2/2010). If this holds it will be his first 36-hole lead/co-lead since the 2015 Tournament of Champions.
Apr 20 - 2:08 PM

Past champion Zach Johnson got off to a quick start at the 82nd Masters Tournament, tossing together a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during round one, taking a share of the very early clubhouse lead alongside Bernd Wiesberger and Marc Leishman with plenty of play still in progress.

The 2007 Masters champ traded one birdie with one bogey on his outward nine but turned up the heat on his way into the clubhouse. Swallowing bogeys at 11 and 13, ZJ offset those with a four-pack of back-nine birdies. That included a 16 footer at the 10th, a near ace at the 12th, and a 17 footer at the par-4 18th. Entering with missed cuts in three of his last four Masters appearances, Johnson is off to a much better start this week, currently T4 on the live leaderboard, tied for the early lead in the clubhouse. This is the sixth time in his career that he's opened this event with a 2-under 70 or better. The year he slipped on the green jacket (2007), he opened with a 1-under 71 to sit in a share of fifth place. ZJ's fate at this course often relies on the weather and he certainly looked the cool temperatures today.
Apr 5 - 3:58 PM

Zach Johnson pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, placing himself inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

ZJ wasn't impressing many spectators with his tee-to-green play but his short game was shining today at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. That included three putts knocked in from outside 11 feet in addition to a hole-out birdie from 17'3" at the par-5 12th. Johnson walked off the course gaining around 3.3 strokes over the field average with 1.16 of those gained around-the-green and another 1.01 strokes gained with the putter. ZJ entered the week with six finishes of T11 or better on his Bay Hill resume and he could be on his way toward a seventh this week.
Mar 15 - 3:18 PM

Zach Johnson hopes the ninth time is the charm as he preps for this week's Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

ZJ is just 5-for-8 at this week's Copperhead Course, with only two of those landing inside the top 45. Not the typical Johnson results but it's worth noting that all of those starts came between 2005 and 2013. Perhaps he's recharged his course-vibe batteries in the four years since his last appearance. More recently, ZJ ranks 62nd in the early FedExCup race, going 6-to-6 to start the season. Johnson ranks 13th in strokes gained approaching-the-green but just 100th in putting. If the putter finally heats up, Johnson should find himself back on the podium soon.
Mar 7 - 1:50 PM

Zach Johnson blitzed the Nicklaus Tournament Course with an 8-under-par 31-33=64 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, vaulting into the early clubhouse lead with a two-day tally of 13-under 131 with play still in progress.

ZJ opened his day on the 10th tee and started the scoring with an easy birdie at the par-5 11th. He would add two more circles before making the turn. That is where the fireworks began, adding birdies on six of his next eight holes. It was all about confident putting today as he slammed home more than his fair share of lengthy birdies today. On top of the hot putter, he also chipped in for birdie at the par-4 first hole, his 10th of the day. Given the scoring environment in the California desert, it is unlikely this lead will hold by day's end but Johnson is still in great position to go after his 13th career win. He's been held winless since the 2015 Open Championship.
Jan 19 - 5:21 PM

Overnight co-leader Zach Johnson lost possession of the lead but still managed a 3-under-par 32-35=67 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, entering the scorer's tent at 10-under 130, three off the pace set by Brian Harman.

After his Thursday round, Johnson talked about a recent bout with the flu that delayed his preparation for this event. It didn't slow him down in round one but today he couldn't find that same magic. It all started on approach shots today, as he set up just three scoring chances from inside 20 feet. Luckily, he converted from outside that range on two occasions, the most notable was a 27'2" eagle splash at the par-5 ninth hole. Johnson has dropped a bit off the pace but he's still just three back entering the weekend.
Jan 12 - 5:41 PM

Zach Johnson made quick work of Waialae Country Club during round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, tossing together a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Chris Kirk.

ZJ is making his first start of the new calendar year but he's not showing any signs of rust. He walked off the course gaining 2.82 strokes approaching-the-green and he also drained three putts from outside 20 feet. While the birdie bombs should be considered a nice bonus, he probably feels like he left at least one stroke out there, missing a birdie attempt from inside three feet at the par-4 10th. With top 10s in three of his last four visits here (and a win in 2009), Johnson is now in the driver's seat. This will be his ninth career first-round lead/co-lead, but just his first since the 2014 John Deere Classic.
Jan 11 - 10:20 PM

Zach Johnson heads out for the Sony Open in Hawaii this week looking to stay hot.

Johnson has taken part in three tournaments so far this season, and he has made the cut in all three events. He enters the week seventh on the PGA Tour with a 69.388 scoring average through 12 rounds while rankings 16th in total driving efficiency, and he is looking to build upon his a T8 finish at The RSM Classic in his last event. As far as the Sony Open is concerned, he has posted three Top 10s in the past four starts at Waialae, and he also won the event back in 2009.
Jan 10 - 2:44 AM

World No. 48 Zach Johnson orchestrated a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of The RSM Classic to finish up on 13-under 269, good for a two-way T8, a distant eight in arrears of overnight leader and eventual champion Austin Cook.

This was the 41-year-old's third start of the season, third straight top 25 and first top 10 (T13, Safeway). He was making his eighth consecutive appearance, posts a third top 25 among five cashes and first top 10 (T12/2010). After kicking off with 70-68-64, the St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident began T8 on 10-under, eight back. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.455 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.509 around-the-green. The Drake alum squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 4, outpaced by four circles at 5, 7, 13 and 15, two from between 14 and 19 feet. He registered 1.867 putts per GIR and 0.429 SG: Putting with 32 total putts.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 04:38:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 48 Zach Johnson painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 10-under 202, up 43 places to T7, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader J.J. Spaun and eight back of the leader on the course Austin Cook.

This is the 41-year-old's eighth RSM with two prior top 25s and a best of T12 on debut in 2010. It's his third start of the season following T13 (Safeway) and T23 last week at the OHL, where he closed in a day-low 7-under 64. After kicking off with 70-68, the Drake alum striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He circled six, highlighted by four straight at 10-13, posting 2.541 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.903 SG: Putting. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident recorded 1.600 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Zach Johnson pieced together a 4-under-par 36-32=68 during round one of the Safeway Open, good for a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

Making his first appearance at this event, Johnson doesn't have any course experience to lean on. That didn't matter today as he kept his ball in front of him for the most part, missing just three (of 14) fairways en route to 16 greens in regulation. From there, his putter was up and down, missing four putts inside 11 feet (including a 3'7" par attempt) but also sinking a 16'4" birdie and a 30'3" birdie bomb. ZJ got off to a slow start last season but ended the season with top 20s in four of his last seven starts. He's picking up right where he left off as the new season gets underway.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Past champion Zach Johnson cruised to a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the BMW Championship.

The 2013 champ returned to a familiar Conway Farms Golf Club and is taking full advantage of that course knowledge. The Iowa native split 10 (of 14) fairways but landed just 11 greens in regulation. Despite the poor GIR numbers, he still managed his way around Conway Farms with just one bogey, leaning heavily on the flat stick. As he walked off the course he was gaining 2.964 strokes putting on the field. Given his great experience at the course and today's fast start, Johnson should be one to watch all week. He started the week ranked 54th in the FedExCup race so he'll need a very strong finish if he wants to advance onto East Lake.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 03:56:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 71 Zach Johnson carded a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to conclude on 11-under 269, down one spot to a season-best solo 2nd, five in arrears of champion Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a course-record-tying 61.

This was the 41-year-old's first lead/co-lead of the season in 19 starts, and sixth career 54-hole lead/co-lead in 356 events, first since the 2009 Valero TX Open. He drops to 3-for-6 converting, but does claim his 10th career runner-up and 32nd top-3 finish. ZJ bags his fifth top 10 in 14 Bridgestone visits, second straight, eclipsing a previous-best T4 in 2013. Overall, it was his 41st WGC event and 11th top 10, nipping a previous-best 3rd at the 2006 Match Play. After opening in 69-67-65, the Iowa native co-led with Thomas Pieters by one, two clear of Matsuyama. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting -1.513 SG: Approach and -0.098 SG: Tee-to-Green. ZJ squared a lone bogey-5 at No. 3, outpaced by circles at 2, 9 (from 27'3") and 11, recording 1.786 putts per GIR and 1.519 SG: Putting, No. 1 for the week in SGP at 9.018.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 06:30:00 PM