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Zach Johnson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 2/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160
College: Drake University

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Zach Johnson connected for eight birdies en route to a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in today's final round of The 144th Open Championship and posted 15-under 273, good for outright possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.
This is how you close out a major. Johnson landed 12 greens in regulation and squared a pair of bogey-5s on the way in. It's to be expected given the increased difficulty of the inward nine at St. Andrews. He played the first 10 holes in bogey-free 14-under for the week, but walked off with a 3 at the par-4 18th in every round. At last check, ZJ sat second on the leaderboard, one stroke in arrears of Marc Leishman, so the American will catch his breath and watch the remainder of the tournament unfold. If there's a playoff, it'll consist of aggregate low score on holes 1, 2, 17 and 18. UPDATE: In a four-hole aggregate playoff, ZJ scored 1-under 15 to Louis Oosthuizen's 16 and Marc Leishman's 18 to claim the Claret Jug. It's Johnson's second victory in a major (2007 Masters) and 12th on the PGA TOUR. He'll go for two in a row at Whistling Straits where he placed T3 in 2010. Jul 20 - 12:52 PM

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Zach Johnson turned in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 for his third round of The Open Championship, reaching the 54-hole split in 9-under 207, three strokes behind the overnight leaders.

ZJ has scored bogey-free 8-under on the first 10 holes at St. Andrews this week, but he settled for pars on all of the first 13 holes today. Finally converting on an opportunity to drop a par breaker, he birdied the par-5 14th and added birdies at 16 and 18. A bogey-5 at The Road Hole ain't no big thing in the short-term, but he'll need to tighten the screws if he's going to make a run at the Claret Jug on Monday. Since breaking through at the 2007 Masters, Johnson has six top 10s in majors, including a pair at The Open. This is his 46th consecutive start in a major since making his debut at the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Jul 19 - 2:31 PM

Zach Johnson added a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in today's second round of The 144th Open Championship

He was bogey-free 2-under through 10 holes before returning to level par with bogeys at 11 and 12. ZJ birdied 13 and bogeyed 15, but walked off with a birdie-3 at 18 again today. He totaled 14 greens in regulation for the second straight day and matched Marc Warren with the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 7-under 137. This is Johnson's ninth consecutive payday at The Open Championship.
Jul 17 - 11:08 AM

Zach Johnson twirled a 6-under-par 31-35=66 for his opening round of The 144th Open Championship.

For someone who has said that St. Andrews isn't the best track for his game, he really showed it today. He circled seven birdies, six of which in sets of two. After his only bogey of the day (at the par-4 17th hole), he bounced back with a walk-off birdie-3 at the last to finish one swing off Dustin Johnson's clubhouse lead. ZJ entered having cashed in eight consecutive Opens, so while gamers may not think of him as a talent on links, his résumé proves otherwise.
Jul 16 - 1:24 PM

Zach Johnson spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to conclude at 19-under 265, one shot behind eventual champion Jordan Spieth.

The 2012 champ began his final frame at 13-under (T6) and four strokes back of 54-hole leader Spieth. He hit all 14 fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, circling seven birdies to hide a single bogey at the par-4 ninth. Similar to yesterday however, the three-time JDC runner-up stalled out on in his inward half, concluding his round with seven consecutive pars. The 39-year-old had four scoring chances over this span to reach 20-under, including from 13'8" at the last, but couldn't convert. He actually took sole possession of the lead at 19-under after birdie at the par-4 11th, only to suffer the similar flame-out as occurred in Saturday's loop. His T3 is his seventh top 10 of the season (third in last four events) and is a season-best finish on 18 starts.
Jul 12 - 7:35 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the third round of the John Deere Classic for a 54-hole aggregate of 13-under 200, four shots off the pace of the 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

Johnson, the 2012 JDC champion and three-time runner-up, began the third round four strokes back at 8-under (T11). On his round, he split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, averaging 1.733 putts per GIR for the third consecutive round, currently T36 in the field for that stat. Similar to yesterday's round, Johnson played the first three holes of the front nine in 3-under, recording an eagle at the par-5 second (from 8'10") and birdie at the par-3 third, rolling this one in from just over 13 feet. He circled his longest conversion on the day for birdie from 14'6" at the par-4 eighth to turn in 4-under. After birdie at the par-5 10th, the 39-year-old stalled out, concluding his round with eight consecutive pars. He had two good scoring chances at 12 and 17, missing both opportunities from inside seven feet. Nonetheless, Johnson recorded his 27th consecutive round in the 60s at the Deere, a spectacular run that dates back to the first round of the 2009 edition.
Jul 11 - 8:45 PM

Zach Johnson chased his opening 66 at the John Deere Classic with a 3-under-par 36-32=68 to post 8-under 134 at the midpoint, two swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

ZJ didn't miss any of the 14 fairways and he totaled 15 greens in regulation. While he bogeyed two of the other three holes, he countered with five birdies, three of which ranging 16-19 feet. Through 36 holes, he's totaled 25 (of 28) fairways, 30 GIR and ranked eighth in strokes gained: tee-to-green at last check with an aggregate clip of 5.529. It's his 26th straight round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run going back to the opener of his co-runner-up in 2009.
Jul 10 - 1:37 PM

Zach Johnson pured a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's opening round of the John Deere Classic.

Expect something different? Of course not. He went 3-for-3 in scrambling and wrangled five birdies, including conventional conversions from 21'1" at the par-3 third hole and 13'6" at the par-3 16th. In the middle, he authored his highlight of the day when a bunker blast found the bottom of the cup for birdie from 22 yards away at the par-4 eighth. This is ZJ's 25th consecutive round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run. He's three strokes back of the overnight co-leaders.
Jul 9 - 7:39 PM

Zach Johnson decends upon the Quad Cities and prepares to play in his 14th John Deere Classic.

Jordan Spieth might be the top headline, but Johnson is perhaps the most popular John Deere winner (2012), given his ties to the event and the area. The 39-year-old is a native of nearby Cedar Rapids and played college golf at Drake University in Des Moines. Johnson's ties to the event are such that he serves on the Board of Directors for the tournament. He doesn't disappoint either, finishing no worse than third (2011) in his last four Deere's, including runner-ups in the last two editions. Johnson was on the losing end of a three-man playoff in 2013 (won by Spieth) and lost to Brian Harman last year by one stroke. He enters the week 45th in the FedExCup standings going 13-for-17 on the season with six top 10s, two in his last three starts (solo fifth, AT&T Byron Nelson, solo sixth, Travelers Championship). Johnson has 11 PGA TOUR titles to his credit (305 career starts), the last coming at the 2014 Hyundai TOC.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 8 - 11:39 AM

Zach Johnson conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's final round of the Travelers Championship to conclude the tournament at 12-under 268, good for a sixth-place finish.

Johnson began the day at 11-under (T4) and three shots off the pace of 54-hole leader Brian Harman. The 39-year-old, playing in the penultimate group with Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey, offset three bogeys with four birdies, but dropped two spots on the day. His stat line reads 11 (of 14) fairways, but the former Masters champ could muster but 10 greens in regulation, concluding his final round at -0.632 strokes gained: tee-to-green. His split featured a 21'11" roll at the par-3 eighth, outdone by a 34'10" bomb at the par-4 third. Johnson squared bogeys on Nos. 2 and 4, and played bogey-free thereafter until the 18th, where his third dropped shot of the day cost him a share of fifth place. This is his sixth top 10 of the season on 17 starts and will bump him from 59th in the FedExCup standings to 43rd.
Jun 28 - 8:00 PM

Zach Johnson painted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's third round of the Travelers Championship joining 54-hole clubhouse leaders Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey at 11-under 199.

Johnson began his day at 5-under (T20) and six shots back of the 36-hole leader. After five consecutive pars to open, he circled birdies at Nos. 6 and 8 to turn in 2-under. The 39-year-old added four more par breakers on his inward nine, including back-to-back on 17 and 18 for the climatic finish. His birdie putt of 15'8" on 18 matched the same-length roll at the par-3 11th, tied longest conversions on the day. Johnson is 59th in the FedExCup standings with five top 10s on 16 starts, highlighted by a season-best solo fifth at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He has but one top 10 in nine, previous Travelers appearances, T3 in 2004.
Jun 27 - 4:25 PM

Zach Johnson smoothed a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in today's opening round of the Travelers Championship and sits three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

After opening bogey-birdie at TPC River Highlands today, ZJ parred eight straight holes. He finally hit the gas at the par-3 11th where he picked up the second of what would be six birdies on the round. However, his longest conversion dropped for par from 13'1" at the par-4 seventh. If you dismiss the extremes of last week's T72 at Chambers Bay, then today's success is an extension of the form that yielded top 20s in six of his previous seven stroke-play starts.
Jun 25 - 6:40 PM

Zach Johnson fashioned a 6-under-par 33-30=63 in today's final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship to post 13-under 264 and snare outright possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

Despite documented putting woes, ZJ has been scoring well for weeks. This will be the seventh top 20 in his last eight starts, and it is likely going to be his best finish among five top 10s this season, eclipsing a solo seventh at Kapalua to begin the 2015 portion. Today at TPC Four Seasons, he hid a lone bogey at the par-4 ninth hole with seven birdies, including on both par 5s.
May 31 - 4:18 PM

Zach Johnson pured a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round of THE PLAYERS to post 5-under 139 and park it one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Vintage ZJ all day long. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens and rolled in four birdies, three of which on the set of four par 5s. All 18 of his conversions fell from inside 10 feet. This is his seventh consecutive payday at TPC Sawgrass and 10th in 11 appearances.
May 8 - 1:17 PM

Zach Johnson disposed of Jason Day 3 and 2 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

This just wasn't Day's week. He made the turn in 1-up over ZJ, but lost the par-4 10th to the American's birdie. Johnson grabbed his first advantage of the match with a birdie-2 at the 13th hole. He extended to 2-up with a par at the par-4 14th. They exchanged pars at 15 before Day three-putted for bogey from 43 feet at the par-4 16th. Johnson parred to clinch. He's 2-1 and needs Branden Grace (1-1) to take down Charley Hoffman (2-0) and force a three-way playoff. The defending champ goes in the books 0-3.
May 1 - 5:33 PM