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Zach Johnson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 2/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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Zach Johnson takes his talents to Albany in The Bahamas for this week's Hero World Challenge.
ZJ has played this event eight times including the 2014 edition in which he hoisted the trophy at Sherwood Country Club. Last year was the first time Albany hosted the event and Johnson finished by himself in 12th place (of 18). More recently, Johnson missed the cut at The RSM Classic, his lone appearance of the fall wraparound schedule. The 12-time PGA TOUR winner is always a threat to contend if the putter gets hot, but he should not be considered one of the favorites heading into the week. Nov 28 - 2:08 PM

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Zach Johnson preps for a home game as he turns his attention to Sea Island Golf Club for this week's RSM Classic.

While the John Deere Classic is his true home game, he now calls Saint Simons Island home. Despite the familiarity with the courses, he's failed to crack the top 10 here in six tries, although he does have a T12 and T16 in the 2010 and 2014 editions. At 35th in the Official World Golf Rankings, only four golfers are ranked ahead of him in the field. Johnson's cachet alone makes him a viable option but his lack of success at this event is certainly worth noticing before you throw him blindly into lineups this week.
Nov 16 - 4:50 PM

Team USA's Zach Johnson authored a 4&3 win over European Ryder Cup rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick in Sunday Singles at the 41st Ryder Cup, improving to 2-1-0 for the week and 8-7-2 overall in five appearances.

The 40-year-old American went 2UP with par-winners at the 1st and 3rd and never trailed in the contest. Fitzpatrick clawed back to within 1 hole with birdie at the 5th and birdied the 7th from the collar to square-it-up. Johnson won the ninth with par and extended to 2UP with a birdie-bomb at the 10th. He reached 3UP with par at the 13th, while the Englishman suffered his fourth bogey of the proceedings. Johnson closed out with birdie-3 at the 15th. At 22 years of age, Fitzpatrick was the youngest competitor, and played only two of a possible five matches, going 0-2-0. All six Englishmen lost their respective singles matches on Sunday.
Oct 2 - 8:30 PM

A back nine blitz saw Jimmy Walker & Zach Johnson reverse Sergio Garcia & Martin Kaymer's narrow advantage and claim a stunning 4&2 victory in the Friday morning foursomes at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The Americans, Walker in particular, had suffered from a nervous start, with wild tee shots and failed scrambles contributing to bogeys on both 1 and 2, the latter putting them 1-down. They added one birdie and eight pars but the 1-hole deficit remained on the 12th tee. A par there was sufficient to claim the hole, they then hit the Europeans with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14, added another par-winner at 15 and closed out with birdie-4 at the 16th. Walker eased his way into the contest, whilst Johnson starred with a stunning 240-yard hybrid at the par-3 13th to 6'. Garcia showed magic but also weakness. He holed from 25' and 15' for halves on 4 and 9, and also peppered the pin with approach shots on 7 and 8. But he sprayed his second on the long par-5 11th 90-yards right of the fairway and was left off the tee and in trees on 12. Kaymer looked shaky and confirmed it with a crucial fluffed chip on 15.
Sep 30 - 12:52 PM

Zach Johnson readies for his fifth Ryder Cup appearance as he puts on his red, white, and blue gear, preparing for battle at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 40-year-old has played in four Ryder Cup matches (2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014) but has yet to feel what it's like to win one. You wouldn't know his teams were winless based on his personal record of 6-6-2, including 2-1-1 in singles. This time around, he'll also have the Midwest factor in his favor, playing just four hours from where he grew up (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and within four hours from where he attended college (Drake University). Johnson's main asset is his short game as he ended the 2015-16 season ranked 17th in strokes gained around-the-green and 25th in strokes gained putting. He was also 36th in fairway proximity but just 155th in proximity from the rough, so picking the right playing partner in foursomes will be crucial this week.
Sep 26 - 4:41 PM

Past champ Zach Johnson conjured up a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to conclude his 15th appearance on 9-under 275, up 18 places to T32 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson finished T34.

The Iowa native opened with a bogey-free 65, extending his streak to 29 straight rounds in the 60s at TPC Deere Run. He chased with a pair of even-par 71s (preferred lies in effect both rounds) to not only end the run, but quickly fall out of contention. The 40-year-old began the final frame on 6-under (T50) and circled five birdies against two bogeys, ending on a down note for the second straight lap, walking-off with bogey-5 at the 18th. For the week, Johnson totaled 16 birdies against five bogeys and a double. His streak of five consecutive top-3 finishes at the Deere, including his playoff win in 2012, also ends. ZJ was the top-ranked player in the field at No. 22 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Aug 14 - 2:09 PM

Course horse Zach Johnson blitzed TPC Deere Run on his way to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65, joining Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Moore as the early clubhouse leaders on day one of the John Deere Classic.

ZJ entered the week with 28 straight rounds in the 60s at TPC Deere Run and the streak wasn't even close to ending today. Despite a three hour and thirty minute rain delay killing his momentum, Johnson split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation. From there he splashed in four putts from the 14-to-23 foot range. Most notable was a 22'6" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th hole. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native has finished on the podium in six of his last seven starts here and is on his way to another after day one.
Aug 11 - 5:55 PM

Zach Johnson preps for his "fifth major" of the season as he turns his attention to TPC Deere Run for this week's John Deere Classic.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native returns to the Quad Cities where he boasts an 11-for-14 record at this event. More recently, he's found the podium in six of his last seven visits here. The highlight was a victory in the 2012 edition. ZJ enters the week with 28 straight rounds in red numbers here at TPC Deere Run. The Drake University alum is 17-for-20 on the season, but ranks just 51st in the FedExCup standings. That number should only improve following this week's matchup with TPC Deere Run.
Aug 10 - 5:24 PM

Zach Johnson kicked off his week at the Travelers Championship with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 to position himself three strokes off the trio of leaders at the top.

ZJ missed just three fairways on the day, and that helped him land 13 greens in regulation. From there, his putter was a bit up-and-down. He rolled in three putts from outside nine feet but also missed two from inside six feet. Adding to the short-game fiesta, he also splashed one in from the fringe (16'8") for birdie on the par-4 12th. Johnson has five top 25s (in 10 starts) on his Travelers resume, but he's still searching for his first victory here on the short, Pete Dye Design.
Aug 4 - 6:53 PM

Defending champion Zach Johnson carved out a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the 145th Open Championship for a two-day tally of 5-under 137, five shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

The 40-year-old ended his first round with a bogey-bogey finish. He ended today's scoring with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 18 to once again take some of the luster off an otherwise stellar round. Johnson camouflaged bogey-4 at the fifth with birdies on 2, 4, 6 and 8 to turn 3-under, and exchanged bogey-5 at the 11th with birdie at the par-4 13th before the indifferent conclusion. He's currently T6 on the leaderboard, down two spots on the day.
Jul 15 - 9:17 AM

Defending Open champion Zach Johnson kicked off his title defense with a 4-under-par 32-35=67, placing him four strokes off the pacesetter Phil Mickelson.

ZJ may have the title of defending champion, but this week is played on a different venue, as he won last year at St. Andrews. The change of course didn't phase him as he started with back-to-back birdies and added a another circle at the par-5 fourth hole. He'd tack on three more birdies throughout the round to step on the 17th tee box at 6-under before swallowing back-to-back bogeys to close the round. Despite the poor finish, ZJ sits at T4 on the live leaderboard and will get his second look at Royal Troon tomorrow at 9:14 a.m. BST.
Jul 14 - 2:35 PM

Zach Johnson hoisted the Golf Champion Trophy at the 2015 Open Championship and returns one year later to try his hand again, this time at Royal Troon Golf Club.

Johnson arrives in good form, having pieced together three straight top 20s ahead of his trip to Scotland. The results were much needed as he started that stretch of golf ranked just 78th in the FedExCup standings and now sits at 52nd. ZJ has a long and steady track record at Open Championship venues, collecting nine straight paydays after opening his career with three straight missed cuts at The Open (2004-2006). It's hard work trying to defend a title, especially when the venue moves on you, but Johnson still brings a lot of potential to the table this week.
Jul 12 - 4:24 PM

Zach Johnson fired a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to wrap his 13th appearance on even-par 280, up 20 places to T10 with play still in progress, and good for the low lap in the clubhouse.

The 40-year-old defends his Open Championship in less than two weeks and warmed up with a seven-birdie two-bogey 65, the second-best round of the week at Firestone CC (64, William McGirt/R1). He landed a week-best eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR. The latter is important for ZJ, as he posted a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR in each of the first two rounds (1.700/R3). He bogeyed Nos. 3 and 15 on failed scrambles and birdied holes 2, 4, 7, 8, 13, 16 and 18. The fireworks started with a hole-out from a greenside bunker from 90'4" away at the par-4 fourth, and he added a 34'5" bomb at the par-3 seventh, an 18-footer at the par-4 eighth, and a 17'2" roll at the par-4 13th. Johnson opened with 72-74, before 69-65 on the weekend, gaining a moral victory of sorts by getting back to level-par for the tournament.
Jul 3 - 4:19 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the U.S. Open to post 2-over 282, up one on the leaderboard to T8 with play still in progress.

This was Johnson's 13th U.S. Open with a previous best of T30 in 2011 at Congressional. He began the finale in a three-way T9 on 1-over with rounds of 71-69-71. The 40-year-old split eight (of 14) fairways, hit 11 greens in regulation and totaled 28 putts. He bogeyed Nos. 1, 3 and 16, and ate a double bogey-6 at the 11th. The two-time major winner circled birdies on 5, 12, and 14, and capped with a walk-off 20-footer for birdie-3. It's his fourth top 10 of the season in 16 starts, first in stroke play since a season-best fifth at the Arnold Palmer.
Jun 19 - 7:39 PM

Zach Johnson pieced together a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the two-day third round of the U.S. Open to post 1-over 211, up two places on the live leaderboard to T9.

The 40-year-old began the third round on Saturday in a five-way T11 on even-par after opening his 13th appearance in 71-69. He got 17 holes completed and was 1-over on his lap and 1-over total when play was suspended due to darkness. Prior to the horn, Johnson had outpaced birdies at Nos. 9 and 13 with bogeys on 2, 5, and 10. He returned on Sunday for a conventional two-putt par on the 18th. The two-time major champ striped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 GIR and totaled 30 putts, up from 27/R1 and 29/R2.
Jun 19 - 7:22 AM