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Zach Johnson

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

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Zach Johnson blitzed the Nicklaus Tournament Course with an 8-under-par 31-33=64 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, vaulting into the early clubhouse lead with a two-day tally of 13-under 131 with play still in progress.
ZJ opened his day on the 10th tee and started the scoring with an easy birdie at the par-5 11th. He would add two more circles before making the turn. That is where the fireworks began, adding birdies on six of his next eight holes. It was all about confident putting today as he slammed home more than his fair share of lengthy birdies today. On top of the hot putter, he also chipped in for birdie at the par-4 first hole, his 10th of the day. Given the scoring environment in the California desert, it is unlikely this lead will hold by day's end but Johnson is still in great position to go after his 13th career win. He's been held winless since the 2015 Open Championship. Jan 19 - 5:21 PM

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Overnight co-leader Zach Johnson lost possession of the lead but still managed a 3-under-par 32-35=67 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, entering the scorer's tent at 10-under 130, three off the pace set by Brian Harman.

After his Thursday round, Johnson talked about a recent bout with the flu that delayed his preparation for this event. It didn't slow him down in round one but today he couldn't find that same magic. It all started on approach shots today, as he set up just three scoring chances from inside 20 feet. Luckily, he converted from outside that range on two occasions, the most notable was a 27'2" eagle splash at the par-5 ninth hole. Johnson has dropped a bit off the pace but he's still just three back entering the weekend.
Jan 12 - 5:41 PM

Zach Johnson made quick work of Waialae Country Club during round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, tossing together a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Chris Kirk.

ZJ is making his first start of the new calendar year but he's not showing any signs of rust. He walked off the course gaining 2.82 strokes approaching-the-green and he also drained three putts from outside 20 feet. While the birdie bombs should be considered a nice bonus, he probably feels like he left at least one stroke out there, missing a birdie attempt from inside three feet at the par-4 10th. With top 10s in three of his last four visits here (and a win in 2009), Johnson is now in the driver's seat. This will be his ninth career first-round lead/co-lead, but just his first since the 2014 John Deere Classic.
Jan 11 - 10:20 PM

Zach Johnson heads out for the Sony Open in Hawaii this week looking to stay hot.

Johnson has taken part in three tournaments so far this season, and he has made the cut in all three events. He enters the week seventh on the PGA Tour with a 69.388 scoring average through 12 rounds while rankings 16th in total driving efficiency, and he is looking to build upon his a T8 finish at The RSM Classic in his last event. As far as the Sony Open is concerned, he has posted three Top 10s in the past four starts at Waialae, and he also won the event back in 2009.
Jan 10 - 2:44 AM

World No. 48 Zach Johnson orchestrated a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of The RSM Classic to finish up on 13-under 269, good for a two-way T8, a distant eight in arrears of overnight leader and eventual champion Austin Cook.

This was the 41-year-old's third start of the season, third straight top 25 and first top 10 (T13, Safeway). He was making his eighth consecutive appearance, posts a third top 25 among five cashes and first top 10 (T12/2010). After kicking off with 70-68-64, the St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident began T8 on 10-under, eight back. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.455 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.509 around-the-green. The Drake alum squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 4, outpaced by four circles at 5, 7, 13 and 15, two from between 14 and 19 feet. He registered 1.867 putts per GIR and 0.429 SG: Putting with 32 total putts.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 04:38:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 48 Zach Johnson painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 10-under 202, up 43 places to T7, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader J.J. Spaun and eight back of the leader on the course Austin Cook.

This is the 41-year-old's eighth RSM with two prior top 25s and a best of T12 on debut in 2010. It's his third start of the season following T13 (Safeway) and T23 last week at the OHL, where he closed in a day-low 7-under 64. After kicking off with 70-68, the Drake alum striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He circled six, highlighted by four straight at 10-13, posting 2.541 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.903 SG: Putting. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident recorded 1.600 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Zach Johnson pieced together a 4-under-par 36-32=68 during round one of the Safeway Open, good for a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

Making his first appearance at this event, Johnson doesn't have any course experience to lean on. That didn't matter today as he kept his ball in front of him for the most part, missing just three (of 14) fairways en route to 16 greens in regulation. From there, his putter was up and down, missing four putts inside 11 feet (including a 3'7" par attempt) but also sinking a 16'4" birdie and a 30'3" birdie bomb. ZJ got off to a slow start last season but ended the season with top 20s in four of his last seven starts. He's picking up right where he left off as the new season gets underway.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Past champion Zach Johnson cruised to a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the BMW Championship.

The 2013 champ returned to a familiar Conway Farms Golf Club and is taking full advantage of that course knowledge. The Iowa native split 10 (of 14) fairways but landed just 11 greens in regulation. Despite the poor GIR numbers, he still managed his way around Conway Farms with just one bogey, leaning heavily on the flat stick. As he walked off the course he was gaining 2.964 strokes putting on the field. Given his great experience at the course and today's fast start, Johnson should be one to watch all week. He started the week ranked 54th in the FedExCup race so he'll need a very strong finish if he wants to advance onto East Lake.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 03:56:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 06:30:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:26:00 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.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 05:41:00 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.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 08:20:00 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.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 04:54:00 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.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 07:25:00 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.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 02:26:00 PM