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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 shot 6-over-par 73-75=148 at the RBC Heritage, missing the cut by six strokes.
Well, so much for that. He arrived with sparkling form punctuated by 68s on the weekend at Augusta National to share ninth place. This week in Hilton Head, Johnson split 21 (of 28) fairways but missed 19 greens in regulation. He circled only three birdies but gave back shots with seven bogeys and a double. Other notables that also have the weekend off include: 143--1999 champ Glen Day; Russell Henley; Rory Sabbatini ... 144--Tony Finau; Carlos Ortiz; Ernie Els; Marcel Siem ... 145--Cameron Tringale ... 146--Thongchai Jaidee ... 147--Chesson Hadley ... 148--Charles Howell III; John Huh. Apr 17 - 6:37 PM

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With a 4-under-par 33-35=68, Zach Johnson posted 8-under 280 at the 79th Masters, good for a share of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

He arrived in good form, but Johnson hadn't finished better than T20 (2008) at Augusta National since winning the green jacket in 2007. That will change today. ZJ landed 12 greens in regulation and converted an eagle (at the par-5 eighth hole) and four birdies to outbalance bogey-5s at Nos. 10 and 18. Gamers may be wise to remain on the bandwagon as he'll head to the RBC Heritage where he has two top 10s in 10 trips, including a solo second just three years ago.
Apr 12 - 5:58 PM

Zach Johnson fashioned a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in today's third round of the 79th Masters to post 4-under 212, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Might as well enjoy it while he can because he'll be an afterthought in a few hours. ZJ manufactured 14 opportunities to score today. He converted five birdies against one bogey, that a 5 at the ninth hole. The 2007 champ arrived at the season's first major with some form but not necessarily a boatload of confidence with his putter. Yet, today's score equals his lowest in 35 competitive loops of Augusta National (third round, 2008).
Apr 11 - 4:19 PM

Zach Johnson carded an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open and reaches the 54-hole mark at 2-under 214.

ZJ circled two birdies to just one bogey on the difficult front nine at TPC San Antonio before turning his attention towards the back. After three pars to start the inward nine, he squared three consecutive bogeys beginning with the par-3 13th. He would rebound to end his day with back-to-back birdies. It's been well documented that Johnson benched his regular putter this week in an attempt to find a spark. It doesn't seem to be working, as he is outside of the top 50 in strokes gained: putting for the week.
Mar 28 - 5:39 PM

Zach Johnson crafted a bogey-free, 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured a predictable -1.191, but he'll take the spotless card every day. Johnson split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation. He converted but a lone birdie at the par-3 seventh hole. His biggest challenge to avert a dropped shot occurred at the par-4 15th where his escape from a greenside bunker came to rest on the fringe four yards away. At 2-under 142, he's only four strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 27 - 3:14 PM

Zach Johnson fashioned a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open, finishing three shots off the clubhouse lead.

While he stumbled home after the albatross on Sunday, ZJ still managed to share ninth place at Bay Hill. He doesn't find many top 10s in Florida, so it's a drought that we were pleased to see end. He buried three birdies on 11 looks at TPC San Antonio today. All but one of his conversions disappeared from inside six feet. His longest measured 9'10" at the par-4 12th hole.
Mar 26 - 8:05 PM

Zach Johnson lit up Bay Hill Club and Lodge for a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and takes the clubhouse lead at 12-under 276.

A day after Daniel Berger landed the first albatross in the history of the API, ZJ matched him. Johnson's approach to the par-5 16th from 207 yards landed just short of the hole and curled into the cup the deuce. (You can view the shot at the link below.) He also picked up seven other birdies and swallowed a double bogey and two bogeys on his lap around Bay Hill. Ironically, he followed up his miracle on the 16th with a three-putt bogey on the par-4 17th and a bogey on the par-4 18th. Other than a 21'7" birdie from just off the green on the par-4 fifth hole, all of his birdies fell from inside of 11 feet. He probably doesn't need to stick around to see if his number will hold up, as the lead number on the course at the time of his posting was 18-under.
Mar 22 - 3:34 PM

Zach Johnson posted 1-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of The Honda Classic.

ZJ first played PGA National in 2008, but didn't return until last year. He cited a scheduling conflict during the interim, but acknowledged that this week's track is probably a better fit for his game. Indeed. That proved true today as he walked off the par-4 ninth with a birdied from inside three feet to land below par. Prior to it, he holed out for birdie from a bunker 13 yards away at the par-4 13th and rolled in a conventional conversion for birdie from 11'3" at the par-5 18th. ZJ also saved par twice from 11-13 feet to retain momentum. He signed his card sitting just one stroke off the clubhouse lead.
Feb 26 - 12:26 PM

Zach Johnson has three paydays at The Honda Classic and returns this week for another look at PGA National's Champion Course.

Johnson has teed it up here just twice since PGA National debuted in 2007. He is 2-for-2 with T30 and T33 finishes. Johnson's fairways and greens approach should play well at the venue and his short game excels everywhere. As odd as it may sound, the 11-time PGA TOUR winner enters this week as a nice sleeper.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 25 - 8:48 AM

Zach Johnson could only muster an even-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it was good for a share of 10th at 10-under 274.

ZJ shuffled through is round at TPC Scottsdale, constantly taking steps forward and backwards. A 25-foot birdie at the par-4 second and 14'5" birdie at the par-5 third hole were surrounded by bogeys at the par-4 first and par-4 fifth holes. A birdie on the par-4 14th hole and a 19-foot birdie on the par-3 16th holes were ultimately erased by a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole. His late gaffe ultimately allowed for four other players to sneak top-10 finishes out of the back door.
Feb 1 - 6:18 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and joins the clubhouse lead at 10-under 203.

Johnson picked up two birdies on the front nine of TPC Scottsdale, beginning with a 10'2" effort on the par-4 opening hole and featuring a hole out from 24'11" on the par-4 sixth. He suffered his lone bogey of the day on the par-4 eighth hole. ZJ added three more birdies on the back, and they came in succession beginning with the par-5 13th. He will now watch to see if his score is good enough for the 54-hole lead.
Jan 31 - 5:15 PM

Zach Johnson battled for a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and finds himself two off the clubhouse lead at 6-under 136.

ZJ picked up six birdies on his lap around TPC Scottsdale, which began on the 10th hole, with three of those falling from outside of 10 feet and two from longer than 19 feet. Obviously that also means that he dropped some shot, and he did that via five bogeys. This isn't the first time he's played well in unseasonably cold conditions, as that was the setting for his Masters win back in 2007. His 29 GIR through two rounds was ranked third in the tournament at the time of his posting, so accuracy has been a big key to his success.
Jan 30 - 7:22 PM

Zach Johnson fired a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to take control of the early clubhouse lead.

ZJ circled seven birdie to go with two bogeys on his lap around TPC Scottsdale. Several of his birdies were from downtown, dropping a 40'7" effort on the opening hole and a 24'5" birdie on the par-4 14th hole. It's a bit surprising that he lost strokes relative to the field with the flat stick at the time of his posting when considering those two holes. The irons were sharp, has he landed 17 GIR. He will now sit back and wait to see if he is joined or surpassed at the top as the day unfolds.
Jan 29 - 2:27 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a 6-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to secure a spot inside the top 10 at 17-under 275.

Not a bad showing at all for a title defense. ZJ bagged seven birdies and handed back just one bogey on his lap around The Plantation Course at Kapalua. Though not a long player, he managed to birdie each of the four par 5s in the finale. Two of his birdies were of note, as he holed a 15'9" birdie on the par-4 third and a 17'7" effort on the par-4 10th hole. He will now head to the Sony Open, where he is a past champion as well.
Jan 12 - 7:49 PM

Zach Johnson could only muster an even-par 37-36=73 in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champion to fall out of a share of the 36-hole lead and into 10th place at 11-under 208.

Let's face it. When ZJ suffered a double bogey on the easy par-5 fifth hole on The Plantation Course at Kapalua, it was obvious that it just wasn't his day. He did manage to record four birdies, with three of them falling from between nine and 12 feet, but also suffered two other bogeys. He will try and erase this round from his memory, as he now trails Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama by six strokes with 18 holes to play.
Jan 11 - 9:43 PM