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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 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

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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

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