Zach Johnson

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Zach Johnson

Johnson in April 2007 at Harbour Town
Personal information
Full name Zachary Harris Johnson
Born (1976-02-24) February 24, 1976
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S,
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
Spouse Kim Barclay (m. 2003)
Children Will, Wyatt, Abby Jane
College Drake University
Turned professional 1998
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2004)
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Hooters Tour
Professional wins 28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 12 Tour 2
Other 14
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament Won: 2007
U.S. Open T8: 2016
The Open Championship Won: 2015
PGA Championship T3: 2010
Achievements and awards
Nationwide Tour
leading money winner
Nationwide Tour
Player of the Year

Zachary Harris Johnson (born February 24, 1976) is an American professional golfer who has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including two major championships, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship.

Early life

The son of a chiropractor, Johnson was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids,[1] the eldest of Dave and Julie Johnson's three children. Playing many sports as a youth (baseball, basketball, football, and soccer), Johnson took up golf at age 10 and developed his skills at Elmcrest Country Club. He played number-two on the Regis High School golf team and led them to an Iowa 3A state championship in 1992, his sophomore year.[2]

Following graduation from high school in 1994, Johnson enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines. As the number-two player on the Drake golf team, he led the Bulldogs to three NCAA regional meets and two Missouri Valley championships. Johnson's uncle, Tom Harris, qualified for the 1975 NAIA national tournament.

Professional career

Johnson turned professional in 1998 and played on the developmental tour circuit, including the now-defunct Prairie Golf Tour, the Tour (later the Nationwide Tour and Tour), and the Hooters Tour, where he won the final three regular-season events in 2001. In 2003, he topped the money list on the Nationwide Tour with then record earnings of $494,882, earning an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.

Johnson won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 BellSouth Classic outside of Atlanta when he finished one stroke ahead of Mark Hensby. In 2006, Johnson recorded a number of impressive results including two runner-up places and finishing third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. As a result of this, he qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the first time in 2006, finishing 9th on the U.S. points list.

On April 8, 2007, Johnson won his first major title at the Masters Tournament in Augusta by a margin of two strokes over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, and Rory Sabbatini. Johnson's score of 289 (+1) tied Sam Snead (1954) and Jack Burke Jr. (1956) for the highest winning score at the Masters. His victory took him from #56 to #15 in the world rankings; he was the first outside the top 50 in the world rankings to win the Masters in the history of the rankings. After winning, he mentioned his Christian faith and thanked God, saying: "This being Easter, I cannot help but believe my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was walking with me. I owe this to Him."[3]

Six weeks after winning the Masters, Johnson won for the third time on tour at the 2007 AT&T Classic in a playoff over Ryuji Imada. Following the win, Johnson moved to 13th in the world rankings. His next PGA Tour victory, and first outside the state of Georgia, came at the 2008 Valero Texas Open, where he finished with rounds of 62 and 64 over the weekend to finish two strokes ahead of a chasing pack of players.

Johnson won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2009 for his fifth victory on the PGA Tour, and successfully defended his title at the Valero Texas Open in May with a playoff victory over James Driscoll.[4] With a third-round 60, Johnson became the first player to shoot 60 twice on the PGA Tour, having done so previously at the 2007 Tour Championship. The win was Johnson's sixth on tour. Other highlights in 2009 include a tie for 2nd place at the John Deere Classic and a solo 3rd-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished the season ranked a career best fourth on the money list.

In 2010, Johnson started the season solidly on the PGA Tour, making ten of his first eleven cuts without any significant results. Then in June 2010, Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, his seventh PGA Tour victory. Johnson only missed two cuts all year en route to qualifying for the season ending Tour Championship and the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team, his second appearance in the event.[5]

In 2012, Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for the second time in his career. He made a five-foot putt on the last hole for what appeared to be a three shot victory, but a ruling on the final hole resulted in a two-stroke penalty. Fortunately, it did not affect the outcome of the tournament, with the only difference being Johnson signing for a 6 instead of a 4 on the final hole, with Johnson winning by a single stroke over Jason Dufner.[6] He jumped to 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings and returned to the world top 20 with this victory.

Johnson moved to second in the FedEx Cup standings with a playoff win on July 15, 2012, at the John Deere Classic.[7] Johnson defeated Troy Matteson, who started the day up four shots on Johnson and had led the tournament since the first round,[8] with a birdie on the second hole of their playoff. Johnson also started the day behind three-time defending champion Steve Stricker, who was three shots behind Matteson. It was Johnson's second win on the year after winning at Colonial Country Club.[9] Mike Bender, Johnson's swing coach, also caddied for the week while usual caddie Damon Green played in the U.S. Senior Open.[10]

At the 2012 Open Championship, played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, Johnson finished at even par for the tournament (280), tied for ninth, seven shots behind winner Ernie Els.[11]

In 2013, Johnson, in defense of his John Deere Classic title, lost in a three-man sudden-death playoff to Jordan Spieth at the fifth extra hole, after he bogeyed the final hole of regulation play with a one shot lead. In the playoff, all three players, Johnson, Spieth and David Hearn, had chances to win with Johnson's coming at the second extra hole, but he failed to convert the putt. Spieth won with par at the fifth extra hole after Johnson hit his second shot into the water and could only make bogey.

The following week, Johnson opened up the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, with a five-under-par round of 66 to hold the lead by one stroke over Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Mark O'Meara. He finished the tournament in a tie for 6th place.

He continued solid play for the rest of the summer, finishing in the top-10 in six of the next seven tournaments he would enter, including an 8th-place finish at the PGA Championship, making it back to back top-10 finishes at major events. In September, Johnson captured the BMW Championship for his tenth career victory and first FedEx Cup victory of his career.

In December 2013, Johnson attained a playoff victory over Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.[12] This win moved him into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

Johnson captured his 11th career victory in January 2014 with a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.[13] With the win, Johnson moved up to a career high 7th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

At the 2014 U.S. Open, Johnson had a hole in one on the 172 yard par-3 9th hole. It was the 44th hole in one in U.S. Open history, and just the second at Pinehurst No. 2.[14]

On July 20, 2015, Johnson beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a 4-hole playoff to win the Open Championship at St Andrews for his 12th PGA Tour win and second major.[15] He became only the sixth golfer to win majors at Augusta and St. Andrews, the others being Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, and Woods.[16]

Johnson is one of only two players (the other being Phil Mickelson) to have twice shot a round of 60 on the PGA Tour.[17]

Personal life

Johnson and his wife, the former Kim Barclay, were members of First Baptist Church in Orlando.[18]

Johnson was raised a Catholic, but joined his wife's church prior to their marriage in 2003. They have two sons, Will and Wyatt, and one daughter, Abby Jane. They lived in Lake Mary, Florida and now reside in St. Simons, Georgia.[19]


The Zach Johnson Foundation is dedicated to helping children and their families in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One program created by Johnson and his wife Kim helped to raise $700,000 for community agencies serving children in need. He has stated: "This Foundation will fulfill a dream of mine and Kim's to give back to Cedar Rapids in a long-lasting, meaningful way."[20]

Professional wins (28)

PGA Tour wins (12)

Major championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (9)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
1 Apr 4, 2004 BellSouth Classic 69-66-68-72=275 −13 1 stroke Australia Mark Hensby
2 Apr 8, 2007 Masters Tournament 71-73-76-69=289 +1 2 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen, South Africa Rory Sabbatini,
United States Tiger Woods
3 May 20, 2007 AT&T Classic (2) 71-66-69-67=273 −15 Playoff Japan Ryuji Imada
4 Oct 12, 2008 Valero Texas Open 69-66-62-64=261 −19 2 strokes South Korea Charlie Wi, New Zealand Tim Wilkinson,
United States Mark Wilson
5 Jan 18, 2009 Sony Open in Hawaii 69-65-66-65=265 −15 2 strokes Australia Adam Scott, United States David Toms
6 May 17, 2009 Valero Texas Open (2) 68-67-60-70=265 −15 Playoff United States James Driscoll
7 May 30, 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 65-66-64-64=259 −21 3 strokes England Brian Davis
8 May 27, 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (2) 64-67-65-72=268 −12 1 stroke United States Jason Dufner
9 Jul 15, 2012 John Deere Classic 68-65-66-65=264 −20 Playoff United States Troy Matteson
10 Sep 16, 2013 BMW Championship 64-69-70-65=268 −16 2 strokes United States Nick Watney
11 Jan 6, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions 67-66-74-66=273 −19 1 stroke United States Jordan Spieth
12 Jul 20, 2015 The Open Championship 66-71-70-66=273 −15 Playoff Australia Marc Leishman, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

PGA Tour playoff record (4–1)

1 2007 AT&T Classic Japan Ryuji Imada Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2009 Valero Texas Open United States James Driscoll Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2012 John Deere Classic United States Troy Matteson Won with birdie on second extra hole
4 2013 John Deere Classic Canada David Hearn, United States Jordan Spieth Spieth won with par on fifth extra hole
5 2015 The Open Championship Australia Marc Leishman, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen Won four-hole aggregate playoff:
Johnson 3-3-5-4=15 (-1), Oosthuizen 3-4-5-4=16 (E), Leishman 5-4-5-4=18 (+2)

Nationwide Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
1 Apr 27, 2003 Rheem Classic 65-70-71-66=272 −8 Playoff1 United States Steve Haskins
2 Sep 7, 2003 Envirocare Utah Classic 68-69-65-65=267 −21 1 stroke United States Bobby Gage

1 Defeated Haskins with birdie on first extra hole.

Other wins (14)

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
2007 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit +1 (71-73-76-69=289) 2 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen, South Africa Rory Sabbatini, United States Tiger Woods
2015 The Open Championship 3 shot deficit −15 (66-70-71-66=273) Playoff1 Australia Marc Leishman, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

1 Defeated Leishman and Oosthuizen in a four-hole aggregate playoff: Johnson (3-3-5-4=15), Oosthuizen (3-4-5-4=16), Leishman (5-4-5-4=18)

Results timeline

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Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP CUT T32 1 T20 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T20 T51 T47
PGA Championship T37 T17 CUT CUT CUT T10
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament 42 CUT T32 T35 CUT T9 CUT
U.S. Open T77 T30 T41 CUT T40 T72 T8
The Open Championship T76 T16 T9 T6 T47 1 T12
PGA Championship T3 T59 70 T8 T69 CUT T33

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
DNP = did not play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 1 2 3 12 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 13 8
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 3 6 13 10
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 3 4 13 9
Totals 2 0 1 3 9 14 51 34

Results in World Golf Championship events

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Cadillac Championship 10 T43 T45 T9 T9
Dell Match Play DNP R64 3 R64 R64
Bridgestone Invitational T22 T9 T36 T11 T16
Cadillac Championship T53 T37 T24 T17 T47 T16 T49 T47
Dell Match Play R32 R32 R64 R64 R64 R64 T17 R16
Bridgestone Invitational T15 T33 T6 T40 T4 T23 T33 T10

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

Season Tournaments
2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
list rank
Scoring ave
2001 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 71.46
2002 2 1 0 0 0 0 T17 57,000 - 71.16
2003 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 72.69
2004 30 24 1 0 2 5 1 2,417,685 19 70.18
2005 30 21 0 1 1 5 T2 1,796,441 39 70.38
2006 27 21 0 2 1 4 T2 2,452,250 24 70.42
2007 23 18 2 (1) 1 0 5 1 3,922,338 8 69.91
2008 25 19 1 0 0 3 1 1,615,123 53 70.60
2009 26 22 2 1 1 9 1 4,714,813 4 69.60
2010 25 23 1 0 1 3 1 2,916,993 19 70.53
2011 23 19 0 0 1 4 T3 1,880,406 44 69.97
2012 25 24 2 2 0 6 1 4,504,244 6 69.82
2013 24 20 1 1 1 8 1 4,044,509 9 70.10
2014 26 24 1 1 1 5 1 3,353,417 19 70.16
2015 25 20 1 (1) 0 1 10 1 4,801,487 8 69.73
2016 24 21 0 0 0 5 5 $1,718,703 58 70.36
Career* 337 277 12 (2) 9 10 72 1 40,195,409 11

* As of September 27, 2016.

U.S. national team appearances


Ryder Cup points record
2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 Total
1.5 2 3 0.5 2 9

See also


  1. Sobel, Jason (April 10, 2007). "Who is Zach Johnson?". ESPN. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. "Zach Johnson Story". Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. Baggs, Mercer (April 8, 2007). "Zach's Win More than Self Serving". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. "Johnson defends Texas Open crown". BBC Sport. May 17, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  5. "Zach Johnson beats Brian Davis to Colonial title". BBC Sport. May 31, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  6. "Zach Johnson passes Jason Dufner to win at Colonial". USA Today. Associated Press. May 27, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  7. "Zach Johnson tops Troy Matteson in playoff to win John Deere". The Times of India. 16 July 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  8. "Johnson beats Matteson in playoff to win John Deere". Yahoo! Sports. Reuters. July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  9. "Zach Johnson tops Troy Matteson in playoff to win John Deere Classic". Associate Press. July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  10. Denney, Bob (July 2012). "Teacher and student combine for championship team". PGA of America. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  11. "Leaderboard: The 2012 Open Championship". Yahoo! Sports. July 22, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  12. "Tiger Woods loses to Zach Johnson in World Challenge". BBC Sport. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  13. "Zach Johnson wins at Kapalua". ESPN. Associated Press. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  14. Porath, Brendan (June 15, 2014). "Zach Johnson makes hole-in-one at Pinehurst, does a lap with U.S. Open crowd". SB Nation. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  15. Borden, Sam. "Jordan Spieth's Grand Slam Bid Ends". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  16. "Key Stats from Johnson's win at St. Andrews". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  17. "Rounds of 60 shot on the PGA Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  18. Roach, Erin (April 10, 2007). "Masters winner buoyed by faith, marriage". Baptist Press. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  19. Robbins, Josh (January 21, 2009). "Johnson thrives following move". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  20. "Zach Johnson Foundation". Zach Johnson official website. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
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