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Zach Johnson

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

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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. Aug 6 - 6:30 PM

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World No. 71 Zach Johnson enjoyed a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach 9-under 201, up two spots to a share of the 54-hole lead with Thomas Pieters, who was the first-round leader.

The 41-year-old is vying for his 14th TOUR title in his 356 career event, first since a come-from-behind (playoff) win at the 2015 Open Championship. It's his first lead/co-lead after any round this season (19th start) and his sixth career 54-hole lead/co-lead, first since the 2009 Valero TX Open, which he went on to win (playoff). Overall, the Drake alum is 3-for-5 converting from the three-quarter pole. After opening in 69-67, he began T3, three back of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker. The Iowa native striped 12 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.298 SG: Approach-the-Green but -0.629 SG: Around-the-Green. He squared three at Nos. 7, 9 and 15 (failed scrambles), outpaced by eight birdies at 1, 5, 6, 8, 11, 14, 16 and 18, six from between 10 and 25 feet. Johnson recorded 1.467 putts per GIR and 3.913 SG: Putting, No. 1 in the both of those stats thru 54 holes.
Aug 5 - 6:26 PM

World No. 71 Zach Johnson styled a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the weather-delayed second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 4-under 136, up 12 spots to T3 and good for the 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson is T3, three shy of leader Jimmy Walker.

This is the 41-year-old's 14th Bridgestone with nine prior top 25s and four top 10s, including a best of T4 in 2013 and a backdoor T10 last year (72-74-69-65). Overall, it's his 41st WGC event with 10 top 10s and a best of 3rd at the 2006 Match Play. ZJ's best in stroke play is the above-mentioned T4 at Firestone CC. He kicked off with a four-birdie three-bogey 69 and on Day 2, outpaced bogey-5s at Nos. 4 and 9 (failed scrambles), with circles at 5, 6, 8, 12 and 15. The Drake alum's split on nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation featured two conversions from between 19 and 37 feet, posting 1.545 putts per GIR and 2.905 SG: Putting.
Aug 4 - 5:41 PM

Zach Johnson made a huge move up the leaderboard in round two of The 146th Open, styling a 4-under-par 32-34=66, climbing inside the cut line with a two-day tally of 1-over 141.

ZJ opened his week with a one-birdie, 5-over 75 on Thursday when the scoring conditions were ripe. He waiting for the heavy winds to arrive Friday morning before making his charge. Johnson split just five fairways today but still managed to land 13 greens in regulation and swallow just one bogey thanks to some great scrambling. From a strokes-gained perspective, this is the round of the week so far, beating the field by 8.59 strokes at the time he signed his card. ZJ sits just outside the top 30 on the live leaderboard but that position will surely improve by day's end. The 2015 Open champion has top 20s in five of his last six appearances at this event, and now he appears to be back on track.
Jul 21 - 8:20 AM

Past champ and World No. 74 Zach Johnson orchestrated a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to finish on 15-under 269, up three spots to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson finished T5, three back of champion Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 65.

The 2012 playoff winner was making his 16th visit to TPC Deere Run and bags his ninth top 25 and seventh top 10. If the top 5 holds, it'll be his seventh, sixth in his last seven tries. After kicking off in 65-67-70, the 41-year-old began T8 on 11-under, five adrift of 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers. He conjured eight (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, currently No. 1 in GIR at 86.11 percent (62/72). The Iowa native went out in blemish-free 4-under, circling holes 2 (from 13'6"), 5, 6 and 8, but came home in level, exchanging two birdies at 12 (from 21'10") and 13 with two bogeys at 11 and 15, both failed sand saves. He recorded 1.625 putts per GIR and -0.050 SG: Putting, missing two scoring tries from inside of nine feet and six from inside of 15 feet. This was Johnson's fifth top 25 of the season in 17 starts and third top 10, second individually, joining a T6 at the Sony 26 weeks and 15 starts ago.
Jul 16 - 4:54 PM

Past champ and World No. 74 Zach Johnson tacked on a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the John Deere Classic for a 36-hole total of 10-under 132, T3 on the leaderboard and three back of leader Patrick Rodgers.

The 2012 playoff winner began the day T3 and that's where he ended up, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at six (missed par-saver from 41 inches), with five birdies at holes 1, 7, 11, 14 and 16. He found 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 0.582 strokes off-the-tee and 0.652 approach-the-green. The 41-year-old's split featured two from between 10 and 18 feet, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.107 SG: Putting. He missed four scoring tries from inside of 10 feet, including back-to-back on 17 and 18 to conclude his round, needing 29 total putts.
Jul 14 - 7:25 PM

Past champ Zach Johnson cruised through TPC Deere Run during round one of the John Deere Classic, escaping with a 6-under-par 33-32=65 to throw his name into contention, as usual at this event.

ZJ opened his day on the back nine and started off in vintage form, sticking a 124-yard wedge to just 18 inches for a tap-in birdie. His approach play would remain dialed in as he pelted 17 greens in regulation, with the only miss coming at his closing hole where he landed in the rough, but still just 17'9" from the cup. The Cedar Rapids native walked off the course gaining 4.052 strokes approaching-the-green. On top of the strong approach play, he already added a 24'2" birdie splash at the par-4 eighth hole. Johnson now has rounds of par or better in 50 of 55 rounds played at TPC Deere Run.
Jul 13 - 2:26 PM

Past champ and World No. 74 Zach Johnson is at TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Classic and arrives off a missed cut at the Travelers three weeks ago and 103rd in the FedExCup standings.

The Drake alum is second in all-time earnings at the Deere with $2,748,862 amassed in 15 tries. He won the 2012 edition in a playoff, lost in a playoff in 2013, and finished runner-up two other times, most recently in 2014. The Iowa native also has two T3s in 2011 and 2015, finishing T34 last year (65-71-71-68). In 54 career rounds on the par-71 layout, he's posted 44 of those in the red, 30 in a row at one point, and has been par or better in 30 of his last 33. The 41-year-old is 11-for-16 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, a T9 at the Match Play nine starts ago and T6 at the Sony. He ranks 150th on TOUR in SG: Approach-the-Green and 81st in Scoring Average (70.888). ZJ's most recent of 12 TOUR titles is the 2015 Open Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 12 - 4:20 PM

Colonial Country Club course horse Zach Johnson led off his week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational with a 3-under-par 34-33=67, placing him two strokes off the lead at the top.

ZJ teed off during the worst of the weather today, which may explain a bit of his ball-striking woes. He split just four (of 14) fairways and found just nine greens in regulation. He also went nine straight holes (Nos. 7 thru 15) without giving himself a birdie look from inside 25 feet. Despite all that, he swallowed just one bogey and circled four birdies, including a three-hole train to close his day with some momentum. With two wins already on his DDI resume, Johnson will be fully focused when he returns for a Friday morning tee time. His last win came at the 2015 Open Championship, but this week's venue presents a nice opportunity for Johnson to jump back into the mix.
May 25 - 7:26 PM

World No. 62 and 2-time DEAN & DELUCA Invitational champ Zach Johnson is at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas, and checks in at 95th in the FedExCup standings.

The 41-year-old ended calendar-year 2016 at 38th in OWGR so he's heading in the wrong direction. He's 8-for-12 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, a T6 at the Sony, highlighted by a season-best 61/R2, and T9 five starts ago at the WGC-Match Play in Austin, where he won his Group (2-1-0) and was eliminated in the Round of 16 by eventual champ Dustin Johnson. The Iowa native chased with MCs at the Masters and Texas Open, posting T18 (Wells Fargo) and T48 (PLAYERS) in his last two. He's a perfect 11-for-11 at the DDI with eight top 25s and five top 10s, including wins in 2010 and 2012. ZJ ranks 39th on TOUR in Strokes gained: Around-the-Green but is 141st in SG: Approach-the-Green.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 10:43 AM

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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