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Zach Johnson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 2/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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World No. 56 and 2-time champ Zach Johnson is in San Antonio for his seventh Valero Texas Open and check in at 83rd in the FedExCup standings.
The 41-year-old was 17th in OWGR this time last April so it's been a rather precipitous drop. He's a 12-time winner on TOUR in 346 career events but not since a 4-hole aggregate playoff win at the 2015 Open Championship 39 starts ago. The Iowa native won the Texas Open on debut in 2008 and went back-to-back in 2009, highlighted by a still career-low 60 in R3, but these were at the former venue. He missed the cut at the kick-off in 2010 at the current venue (80-68), took three years to recover, and came back in 2014 to post T6. ZJ was T6 thru 36 holes in 2015 (71-71) fading to T20 with 72-76, and finished T29 last year (69-75-70-70). He's 6-for-9 on the season with two top 10s, a T6 at the Sony and a T9 at the WGC-Match Play, exiting in the Round of 16 with a 2-2-0 record, losing to eventual champ Dustin Johnson 5-and-4. Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

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Zach Johnson stared down the barrel but edged a 1-up victory over Brendan Steele in round three of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club to top his group with a 2-1 record and book a showdown with Dustin Johnson in the Round of 16.

The double major winner, seeded 44th, was 2-up walking off the 15th green but lost 16 and 17 to slip back to all-square in a match he had to win to go through. That left Steele in the driving seat but the 50th seed air-mailed his approach to the last and missed the 12-foot par putt that would have sent him to the last 16. Johnson made the most of the reprieve, two-putting from off the green to win the hole, the match and the group. Earlier, he'd lost the opening hole but built a 3-up lead with birdies at 2, 3, 5 and 9. Two more par breakers at 12 and 13 kept the resurgent Steele at bay before Johnson stumbled over the line at 18 to become the 16th and final player through to straight knockout on the weekend.
Mar 24 - 6:01 PM

Zach Johnson won a tightly-contested battle with Matt Kuchar in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, walking away with a 2-up win to secure his first point of the week.

The 44th-seeded Johnson swallowed a bogey at the first but bounced back with a 5'10" birdie splash at the par-4 second, to even the score. The duo would trade scores for the next four holes as this match stayed close throughout the day. Nobody led by more than one point until ZJ sank his tap-in birdie at the closing par-4 18th, coming as a result of a perfect 362-yard drive which rolled it's way onto the green. With this win, Johnson sits in T2 among his Group 16 competitors. The current leader of that pack is Brendan Steele (1.5 points) which happens to be the opponent for Zach Johnson tomorrow. ZJ will need to win that match to have a chance of advancing.
Mar 23 - 4:37 PM

Zach Johnson makes his way back to Austin Country Club ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

ZJ fired out of the gates at this event last year. He was flawless in group play, going 3-0-0 and made it to the Round of 16 with even seeing the final three holes of the golf course. Johnson clearly likes the Pete Dye Design, but fell one hole shy when facing Rory McIlroy in the Round of 16. This will be ZJ's 13th playing of this event, with a third-place finish in 2006 being the clear highlight. Johnson will have a tough test in Group 16, as he'll go mano a mano with Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood, and Brendan Steele to kick off the week.
Mar 21 - 9:34 AM

World No. 40 Zach Johnson rallied for a 3-under-par 37-30=67 in the third round of The Honda Classic for a 54-hole tally of 6-under 204, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to T8.

The newly minted 41-year-old (Feb. 24th) is making his sixth appearance with a best of T13 on debut in 2004 at CC at Mirasol (Sunset). His best at PGA National is T30 in 2008 (74-69-68-72), missing the cut in the last two editions. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident is having no issues with the difficult par 70 this week, opening with 68-69-67. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation on Moving Day, overcoming -0.137 SG: Tee-to-Green with 2.690 SG: Putting and 1.500 putts per GIR. The Drake alum was 2-over thru 11 holes, erasing birdie at the first with double bogey-5 at five and bogey at the par-3 seventh, but then ripped off four straight on holes 12-15. He saved par from 13'5" at the 16th, and ended with a up-and-down birdie at the par-5 18th,
Feb 25 - 5:08 PM

World No. 38 Zach Johnson signed for a 4-under-par 32-35=67 after today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish up on 11-under 273, up 15 places to T10 with play still in progress. UPDATE With play completed, Johnson finished T12.

This was the 40-year-old's eighth appearance and will post his fifth straight top-25 finish. He has just one top 10, a T10 in 2015, so he's exactly on that right now. The Iowa native was making just his fourth start of the season, checking in off a missed cut at the CareerBuilder and a season-best T6 at the Sony. After opening in 70-66-70, he began R4 on 7-under (T25) and found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 1.840 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 4.494 with the flat stick. The Drake alum was bogey-free 4-under thru 14 holes but exchanged birdies at 15 and 16 with bogeys at 14 and 18 the rest of the way.
Feb 5 - 3:58 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 38 Zach Johnson authored a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a two-day total of 6-under 136, up 30 places on the live leaderboard to T8, four back of clubhouse leaders Byeong Hun An and Brendan Steele.

The 40-year-old is making his eighth appearance and is on a run of four straight top-25 finishes at TPC Scottsdale. After the first two days, he's now totaled 25 rounds and this is the fifth time he's posted a personal low of 66. The Iowa native began with a three-birdie two-bogey showing in R1 and wasn't fairing much better in R2, with that exact effort thru nine holes. He came home in bogey-free 4-under however, circling the par-5 third (from 11'6") and connecting three straight on holes 7-9, kicking off the run with a 32-footer for birdie-2 at seven. The Drake alum found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, recording 1.571 putts per GIR and 1.732 in SG: Putting at last check.
Feb 3 - 3:16 PM

Past champ and World No. 38 Zach Johnson backed up with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish up his 12th appearance on 17-under 263, down four spots into a two-way T6, 10 shy of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 2009 champ began the final round in solo 2nd, seven adrift of playing competitor Thomas. After an opening bogey-5 at the first (failed sand save), which ended a blemish-free run at 38 holes, he made the turn on 2-under, still T2, circling birdies on Nos. 2, 7 and 9 (from 15'2"). The Iowa native, who mustered just 11 greens in regulation, squandered shots at 10 and 13, also failed sand saves, before rebounding with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, the latter from 20'8". He missed birdie tries from inside of 12 feet at 16 and 18, but did knock in a par-saver earlier at the sixth from 21'11" to avoid further damage. This is Johnson's first top 10 of the season after a missed cut at the RSM, and first since T10 at the WGC-Bridgestone last July.
Jan 15 - 11:31 PM

Past champ and World No. 38 Zach Johnson chased a second-round 61 with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach 15-under 195, up one place to solo 2nd, seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Justin Thomas.

After opening in 69-61, the 2009 winner began the third frame in a three-way T3 on 10-under, seven adrift of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he recorded week bests of nine (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, circling five birdies, four from inside of nine feet with a long of 17'6" at the par-4 12th. The 40-year-old, who's win here was as a 54-hole leader, was steady throughout the round, never having to make a par putt from more than 40 inches. He's bogey-free 16-under for his last 38 holes.
Jan 14 - 11:29 PM

Past champ Zach Johnson blitzed Waialae Country Club with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 30-31=61 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, blasting him up to a share of second place on the live leaderboard at 10-under 130.

The 2009 champion opened his week with a ho-hum, 1-under 69 to shake off the holiday rust. There was nothing ho-hum about today's round as he was clicking on all cylinders. Johnson opened on the back nine and first showcased his putting prowess with a 20-footer for birdie at the par-4 13th. That was his first of four putts splashed home from outside nine feet. ZJ highlighted his scrambling skill with a hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker at the par-5 18th. He immediately followed that up with some strong iron play, sticking his 180-yard approach to 3'4" at the par-4 first hole. It was a truly balanced attack today. This won't go in the books as a career low, but it is his lowest score posted at Waialae CC, previously a 6-under 64 which he posted in the opening round last year.
Jan 13 - 5:41 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:08:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 04:50:00 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.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:30:00 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.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:52:00 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.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:41:00 PM