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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 settled for an even-par 34-36=70 in today's third round of The RSM Classic and at 2-under 210, will not have a Sunday tee time in his adopted home town.
Johnson was one of 20 golfers at T68 after two rounds had been completed, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. The outright odds favorite heading into the week and the field's top-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, ZJ put three 70s on the board in his sixth RSM appearance, including today's two-birdie against two-bogey effort. Joining ZJ on the bench for Sunday: 210--Sung Kang; Camilo Villegas; Bobby Wyatt; Peter Malnati; Blayne Barber; Tyrone Van Aswegen ... 211--Martin Piller ... 212--Brendon Todd; Eric Axley ... 213--John Merrick; Alex Prugh and Brice Garnett. Nov 21 - 4:19 PM

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Zach Johnson parked it at the midpoint of The RSM Classic in 2-under-par 70-70=140, low enough to play on but with the cloud of a 54-hole cut coming.

ZJ's 25-foot birdie conversion at the par-4 16th hole today -- the antepenultimate hole of his round -- was timely in that he made the cut on the number, but he circled four birdies in his loop of the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort, only to wipe them away with as many bogeys. He's one of 20 golfers tied for 68th place, so the MDF provision will be invoked at the conclusion of three rounds.
Nov 20 - 4:37 PM

Zach Johnson enjoys a nice home-cooked meal ahead of this week's RSM Classic.

The Drake Bulldog now calls St. Simons Island home. Despite the local knowledge, he is just 3-for-5 at this event, with zero top 10s to his name. On paper these short tracks should suite his conservative play style, but it hasn't panned out that way. Perhaps there are too many distractions being near home, or perhaps he is just waiting to strike. Regardless of his history here, Johnson should be considered a prime play in all formats this week.
Nov 18 - 6:46 PM

Zach Johnson muscled a 3-and-2 victory over Jason Day in their singles match at the Presidents Cup.

This is why they play the golf. Day may have been the favorite for many, but he gave away six holes with five bogeys and a concessions. Johnson parred each, including the par-4 16th where the match came to a close. There was so little redeeming about this bout that it’s barely worth mentioning that the only hole win of any notice went to Day when he connected from 28’5" for birdie at the par-3 13th. The loss dropped the Aussie to a shocking 0-4-1 for the competition. Johnson went undefeated at 3-0-1. The U.S. now leads overall, 14½-12½.
Oct 11 - 2:06 AM

Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson turned away Adam Scott and Anirban Lahiri 3 and 2 in Saturday four-ball at the Presidents Cup.

This matchup was death by a thousand cuts for the International, who trailed the entire session. Mickelson opened with a birdie-3 at No. 1. He added a birdie from 15'8" at the par-4 fifth to double the lead. ZJ three-putted the par-4 ninth from inside 12 feet while Mickelson found trouble on approach, thus tossing a bone to the hosts, who won the hole with par. But a par-4 at 11 was good enough for the Americans to regain the 2-up lead. A pedestrian birdie at the par-5 15th ensued and put the Internationals in dormie. The match ended with 4s across the board at the par-4 16th. Johnson and Mickelson moved to 2-0-1 together this week, while Scott drops to 0-2-2. The rookie Lahiri is 0-2-0. Overall, the U.S. leads 8½-7½ with two four-ball matches undecided.
Oct 10 - 5:00 AM

Zach Johnson tackles the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in his fourth Presidents Cup appearance.

Thursday foursomes pit Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson vs. Jason Day/Steven Bowditch, (10:44 p.m. ET, Wednesday). They are the fourth (of five) matches scheduled for opening day of the 11th edition of The Presidents Cup. For Johnson, the reigning Open champion, his task will be to offer stability to offset the unpredictable Mickelson. The 39-year-old finished fourth on the U.S. list in automatic qualifying and has played in three prior Cups (2007, 2009, 2013) compiling a 7-6-0 record. He's also a four-time Ryder Cupper with a 6-6-2 record. Johnson ended the regular season 11th in the FedExCup standings and would eventually finish sixth after two top 10s in the four-event Playoffs, including a T4 at The Barclays and a T8 at the TOUR Championship. In total, he posted 16 top-25 finishes on 25 starts in his 12th season on the PGA TOUR.
Oct 7 - 6:33 AM

Zach Johnson conjured up an even-par 35-35=70 in the finale of the TOUR Championship to post 3-under 277, good for sixth in the final FedExCup standings and six back of champion Jordan Spieth.

After opening in bogey-free 66, Johnson couldn't muster another red number, concluding in 70-71-70 to finish in a two-way tie for eighth place. It's his fourth top 10 in nine career appearances in the Playoffs finale. The Champion Golfer of the Year began the final frame in a two-way tie for fifth at 3-under, six swings adrift of Spieth. He circled three on the card at Nos. 4, 12 and 15, but cancelled them out with bogeys at the par-3 second and the par-4 13th and 17th, respectively. For the week, he finished with 16 birdies, T2 in the field in that stat, but swallowed 11 bogeys and one double. The 39-year-old was first in the tournament in greens in regulation (53/72), including 14 on Sunday, but barely registered a 0.140 in strokes gained: putting, with his final two rounds each in negative territory.
Sep 27 - 8:31 PM

Zach Johnson steadied himself enough to sign for a 1-over-par 36-35=71 after today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 3-under 207.

Johnson was T4 after 54 holes in 2013, eventually finishing T7, and went T2 in the 2007 inaugural, including a course-record 60. At five adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth, he'll most likely need something similar to his third-round heroics in '07 to snag his second career Playoffs victory (2013, BMW Championship). After opening in bogey-free 66 and 70, Johnson began Moving Day in solo fourth (4-under) and five back. Playing in the penultimate pairing, he posted three bogeys over his first five holes, including a three-putt from 30'2" at the par-4 fourth, to outpace a kick-in birdie at the third from 18 inches. He had a three-footer at the par-3 sixth to get a shot back but whiffed, prior to rolling in a six-footer at the par-5 ninth to turn 1-over. His fourth bogey at the 10th, was negated by a 24'5" birdie at the 12th to complete his scoring. The 39-year-old salvaged the round with a pair of seven-footers for par at the 14th and 16th, respectively.
Sep 26 - 6:01 PM

Zach Johnson chased his opening, bogey-free 66 at the TOUR Championship with an even-par 35-35=70 to post 4-under 136 at the break, two shots back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Sure, he submitted matching nines and shot level par, but ZJ penciled only seven pars in today's trot around East Lake Golf Club. He piped all but one of the 14 fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, but went 0-for-5 in scrambling with four bogeys and a double. It's a good thing he also wrangled six birdies then, including tries from 27'10" and 10'9" at Nos. 7 and 18, respectively. The latter of that tandem was his third birdie on the last four holes.
Sep 25 - 5:51 PM

Zach Johnson pured a bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the TOUR Championship, parking it three strokes off the overnight lead.

One of ZJ's pair of career-low 60s came at East Lake in the third round of this tournament in 2007. That was also the last edition with bentgrass on the greens. Beginning the following year, Miniverde Bermudagrass has been the putting surface, and as a result, scores haven't been as low regularly. In fact, today's aggregate ties his previous best on this carpet (third round, 2010). Johnson led the field with 16 greens in regulation today. He rolled in four birdies, including a pair from 10-13 feet. His greatest challenge to maintain a clean scorecard came at the par-3 sixth, but he got up and down, his par conversion dropping from 11'11".
Sep 24 - 6:02 PM

Georgia resident Zach Johnson heads to Atlanta for this week's TOUR Championship.

Johnson checks in at sixth in the FedExCup standings ahead of his seventh appearance in the Playoffs finale. He went T2 in the inaugural edition in 2007 and added T9/2010 and T7 in 2013 when T4 after 54 holes. Last year's 21st-place finish was his worst showing (68-74-72-71). The 39-year-old added his second major championship title in July winning the 144th Open Championship in a three-man four-hole aggregate playoff. He chased with T33 at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone and a missed cut at the 97th PGA. ZJ opened his ninth postseason with T4/Barclays, T22/Deutsche Bank and T12 last week at the BMW, closing in 7-under 64.
Sep 23 - 12:10 PM

Zach Johnson fired a 7-under-par 34-30=64 in the final round of the BMW Championship to conclude his eighth appearance at 11-under 273, T8 with play still in progress.

So technically Johnson is not the defending BMW champ, but he is at Conway Farms Golf Club, taking the title by two the last time the championship was held here in 2013. After opening in a disappointing 68-69-72, ZJ finished in grand style, ripping off eight birdies in the finale to camouflage a lone bogey and vault 29 places on the live leaderboard. His loop concluded with five straight circles on the card on Nos. 14-18, including an 18-footer at the par-5 last for the walk-off. On holes 14-17, he landed his approach shots to 2'1", 5'4", 4'3" and 6'1", respectively. In addition, his second at the par-4 10th (from 175 yards) came to rest just 3'6" from the flag. The 39-year-old wrapped with 13 greens in regulation and a stellar 1.385 putts per GIR. At seventh in the FedExCup points entering the week, he was vying for the coveted top-five position at next week's Playoffs finale and currently projects sixth.
Sep 20 - 2:48 PM

Zach Johnson turned in a 3-under-par 33-35=68 for his opening round of the BMW Championship.

ZJ snuck in before the weather delay at Conway Farms today. He lifted the trophy here two years ago at 16-under 268. Today, he signed his card sitting three swings back of the clubhouse lead. Johnson hit only eight greens in regulation, too, but limited the damage to just two bogeys, one on each side. Elsewhere, he connected for eagle from a bunker 18 yards away at the par-4 15th hole. The longest of his three birdies ran 17'7" at the par-5 18th where he made the turn. He's seventh in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 17 - 6:25 PM

Zach Johnson fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 8-under 134, four swings off the pace of 36-hole clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

Johnson went T4 at last week's Barclays but he and the rest of the field were lapped by Jason Day, finishing nine in arrears to the would-be-champ. Interestingly enough, he also carved out a bogey-free 65 in round two at the FedExCup Playoffs opener as well before finishing in 67-69 for his final tally. Johnson's 65 today is currently tied second for low round of the day (Hoffman's 63) and is his second best loop of TPC Boston in 36 career rounds (R1/2010). The 39-year-old striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, registering 2.254 in strokes gained: putting at last check. Three of ZJ's six tallies rolled in from outside 12 feet, including a 25-footer at the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day. He's squared just one bogey thru 36 holes.
Sep 5 - 4:15 PM

Zach Johnson carved out a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his eighth appearance in the FedExCup opener at 10-under 270, good for a two-way tie for fourth and a distant nine shots back of champion Jason Day.

Johnson began Sunday's play at 9-under (T4) and two back of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Day. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, but registered -1.620 in strokes gained: putting. ZJ clipped 59-of-72 GIR for the week, second in the field in that stat, but ranked 45th in putts per GIR, including today's 1.938 debacle. The 39-year-old dropped two out of the gate, squaring bogey at the first and three-putting the second from 33'3". He bounced back with birdies at the third and from 24'4" at the par-4 fifth to turn even. Johnson's final circle over his last 13 holes came as a two-putt at the par-5 12th. His consolation is his ninth top 10 of the season on 22 starts, fifth in the FEC standings, and his first top 10 at The Barclays, erasing a previous best of T21 in 2010.
Aug 30 - 8:39 PM