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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 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

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Zach Johnson signed for a 3-under-par 31-36=67 after today's third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Johnson began the Saturday festivities in a four-way tie for second at 6-under, one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing in the penultimate pairing with PGA TOUR rookie Tony Finau, Johnson played 17 holes in bogey-free, 4-under, before squaring bogey at the par-4 finisher, his first dropped shot in 44 holes dating back to the ninth hole in the first round. His three bogeys thru 54 holes is tied first in that category and his 12 birdies is T26, so there's more than one way to tame Plainfield Country Club. Early in the round. ZJ tied the lead at 7-under with birdie at the third from 12'4" and kept pace with circles at Nos. 6 (4'1") and 9 (9'10"), respectively. He briefly joined the lead at 10-under with a 29-footer at the par-3 11th, but played his last seven holes in a birdie-less, 1-over to slightly fall off the pace. The 39-year-old landed 15 greens in regulation but registered a -0.197 in strokes gained: putting.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM

Zach Johnson fashioned a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of The Barclays and reached the midpoint in 6-under 134 to join fellow 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders Henrik Stenson and Tony Finau.

After getting beat up at Firestone (T33) and Whistling Straits (MC), the Open champion's game figured to fit Plainfield Country Club. On cue, he's piped 20 (of 28) fairways and hit 28 greens in regulation thus far. Five of Johnson's eight birdies found their targets today. The set featured respective rolls from 12'4", 20'10" and 18 feet at the 14th, second and ninth holes, respectively. He passed his greatest test to salvage par at the par-4 13th where he connected from 17'1". ZJ arrived in New Jersey as the 11-seed in the Playoffs, so he'll competing for the duration.
Aug 28 - 1:32 PM

Zach Johnson improved on his opening 75 at the 97th PGA Championship with an even-par 34-38=72 in the second round but missed the cut on the number at 3-over 147.

ZJ opened birdie-birdie-birdie on the backside of Whistling Straits in his second round and added another birdie on the par-4 15th hole, but erased the work with a quartet of bogey-5s. It's not the result we expected following his win at St. Andrews and a T3 here in 2010, and it all but dismisses his long shot at Player of the Year. Other notables who failed to survive today's cut include: 147--2003 champ Shaun Micheel; 2008 champ Padraig Harrington; Shane Lowry; Kevin Kisner; Marc Leishman ... 148--four-time champ Tiger Woods; Jimmy Walker; Kevin Na ... 149--Graeme McDowell; Steven Bowditch; James Hahn; Shawn Stefani; Brendon Todd; Pat Perez ... 150--Ian Poulter ... 151--Adam Scott ... 152--1997 champ Davis Love III; 2001 champ David Toms ... 153--Ben Martin ... 154--2002 champ Rich Beem ... 155--1991 champ John Daly ... 157--Charley Hoffman ... 162--1996 champ Mark Brooks.
Aug 15 - 10:52 AM

Zach Johnson settled for a 3-over-par 36-39=75 in today's opening round of the 97th PGA Championship.

The Open champion tied for third at Whistling Straits in 2010, so he knows that he can score on the golf course. Alas, he found only five (of 14) fairways and seven greens in regulation today. All three of his birdies were of some distance, the shortest measuring 14 feet at the par-3 third hole. He also converted from 22'9" and 30'10" at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively, but Johnson dropped six shots with bogeys on holes where he missed the GIR. He's nine strokes off the clubhouse lead. Incidentally, en route to a T33 at Firestone last week, he failed to break par in every round.
Aug 13 - 8:35 PM

Zach Johnson finished on the podium at the 2010 PGA Championship, held at Whistling Straits, and makes his way back for another shot.

ZJ has enjoyed success here at a lengthy Whistling Straits track. He's signed for red numbers in six of eight rounds, despite his lack of length off the tee. In addition, he's on a stretch of six top 20s in his last eight stroke-play events. Of course that includes his recent major championship victory at St. Andrews. Gamers should treat Johnson as a safe play this week in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Aug 12 - 9:26 AM

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

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.
Jul 8 - 11:39 AM