|Full name||Zachary Harris Johnson|
|Born||February 24, 1976|
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S,
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|Residence||St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Nationwide Tour|
|Highest ranking||6 (January 12, 2014)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Korn Ferry Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||Won: 2007|
|PGA Championship||T3: 2010|
|U.S. Open||T8: 2016, 2020|
|The Open Championship||Won: 2015|
|Achievements and awards|
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.
The son of a chiropractor, Johnson was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids, 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.
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.
Johnson turned professional in 1998 and played on the developmental tour circuit, including the now-defunct Prairie Golf Tour, Buy.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour), and 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 in 2004 at the BellSouth Classic outside of Atlanta, one stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Hensby. In 2006, Johnson recorded a number of impressive results, with two runner-ups and a third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. As a result, he qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the first time in 2006, finishing ninth on the U.S. points list.
In April 2007, Johnson won his first major title at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, two strokes ahead of runners-up Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, and Rory Sabbatini. His score of 289 (+1) tied Sam Snead (1954) and Jack Burke Jr. (1956) for the highest winning score at the Masters. His victory took Johnson 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 (introduced 1986). 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."
Six weeks after winning the Masters, Johnson won for the third time on tour at the 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 Valero Texas Open in October 2008, where he finished with weekend rounds of 62 and 64 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. 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, he 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.
In 2012, Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for the second time in his career. He made a five-foot (1.5 m) putt on the last hole for an apparent three-shot victory, but a ruling on the final hole resulted in a two-stroke penalty. It did not affect the outcome, with the only difference being Johnson signing for a double-bogey instead of a par on the final hole, and winning by a single stroke over Jason Dufner. 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 in 2012 with a playoff win on July 15 at the John Deere Classic. Johnson defeated Troy Matteson, who started the day up four shots on Johnson and had led the tournament since the first round, 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. Mike Bender, Johnson's swing coach, also caddied for the week while usual caddie Damon Green played in the U.S. Senior Open.
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.
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 Rafa 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. This win moved him into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
On July 20, 2015, Johnson beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff to win the Open Championship at St Andrews for his 12th PGA Tour win and second major. 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.
In July 2019, Johnson fell out of the Official World Golf Ranking top 100 players for the first time since April 2004, when his first tour victory at the 2004 BellSouth Classic vaulted him from 126th in the world to 49th. From 2004 to 2018, Johnson made at least $1.6 million every season, and he grabbed wins in all but one season between 2007 and 2015. The only year he didn't, 2011, Johnson still managed to finish T-6 or better in four events, and he also finished solo second at the Hero World Challenge.
In August 2019, Johnson failed to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time since the playoffs were introduced in 2007. "Extreme disappointment. That's about all I've got at this point is just extreme disappointment," Johnson said. "I mean, I didn’t play as much as I typically do in the past, probably 3-5 tournaments less, but that's just because of the season of life that I'm in. So there's more opportunity when you play more, but that has nothing to do with my play." Once a fixture near the top of the rankings, Johnson slipped to 126th in the world. He remains fully exempt for the 2019–20 PGA Tour season in the final part of a five-year exemption for winning the 2015 Open Championship, an insurance that the 43-year-old admitted allowed him to play with added "freedom" during a lean year.
Johnson and his wife, the former Kim Barclay, were members of First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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.
He is not to be confused with golf club professional Zach J. Johnson.[n 1]
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."
Professional wins (26)
PGA Tour wins (12)
|Major championships (2)|
|FedEx Cup playoff events (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (9)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Apr 4, 2004||BellSouth Classic||69-66-68-72=275||−13||1 stroke||Mark Hensby|
|2||Apr 8, 2007||Masters Tournament||71-73-76-69=289||+1||2 strokes|| Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini,|
|3||May 20, 2007||AT&T Classic (2)||71-66-69-67=273||−15||Playoff||Ryuji Imada|
|4||Oct 12, 2008||Valero Texas Open||69-66-62-64=261||−19||2 strokes|| Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson,|
|5||Jan 18, 2009||Sony Open in Hawaii||69-65-66-65=265||−15||2 strokes||Adam Scott, David Toms|
|6||May 17, 2009||Valero Texas Open (2)||68-67-60-70=265||−15||Playoff||James Driscoll|
|7||May 30, 2010||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial||65-66-64-64=259||−21||3 strokes||Brian Davis|
|8||May 27, 2012||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (2)||64-67-65-72=268||−12||1 stroke||Jason Dufner|
|9||Jul 15, 2012||John Deere Classic||68-65-66-65=264||−20||Playoff||Troy Matteson|
|10||Sep 16, 2013||BMW Championship||64-69-70-65=268||−16||2 strokes||Nick Watney|
|11||Jan 6, 2014||Hyundai Tournament of Champions||67-66-74-66=273||−19||1 stroke||Jordan Spieth|
|12||Jul 20, 2015||The Open Championship||66-71-70-66=273||−15||Playoff||Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–1)
|1||2007||AT&T Classic||Ryuji Imada||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2009||Valero Texas Open||James Driscoll||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2012||John Deere Classic||Troy Matteson||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|4||2013||John Deere Classic||David Hearn, Jordan Spieth||Spieth won with par on fifth extra hole|
|5||2015||The Open Championship||Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen||Won four-hole aggregate playoff;|
Johnson: −1 (3-3-5-4=15),
Oosthuizen: E (3-4-5-4=16),
Leishman: +2 (5-4-5-4=18)
Nationwide Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Apr 27, 2003||Rheem Classic||65-70-71-66=272||−8||Playoff||Steve Haskins|
|2||Sep 7, 2003||Envirocare Utah Classic||68-69-65-65=267||−21||1 stroke||Bobby Gage|
Nationwide Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2003||Rheem Classic||Steve Haskins||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2003||Henrico County Open||Mark Hensby||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
NGA Hooters Tour wins (4)
- 2001 3 events
- 2002 1 event
Prairie Golf Tour wins (3)
- 1998 1 event
- 1999 2 events
Other wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Jun 10, 2001||Greater Cedar Rapids Open||66-71-71=208||−8||2 strokes||Jeff Schmid|
|2||Jul 15, 2001||Iowa Open||64-65-67=196||−20||3 strokes||Brian Smock|
|3||Jul 14, 2002||Iowa Open (2)||65-63-65=193||−23||4 strokes||George McNeill|
|4||Jun 21, 2011||CVS Caremark Charity Classic
(with Matt Kuchar)
|58-60=118||−24||2 strokes||Davis Love III and Morgan Pressel|
|5||Dec 8, 2013||Northwestern Mutual World Challenge||67-68-72-68=275||−13||Playoff||Tiger Woods|
Other playoff record (1–0)
|1||2013||Northwestern Mutual World Challenge||Tiger Woods||Won with par on first extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|2007||Masters Tournament||2 shot deficit||+1 (71-73-76-69=289)||2 strokes|| Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini,|
|2015||The Open Championship||3 shot deficit||−15 (66-70-71-66=273)||Playoff1||Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen|
1Defeated 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 not in chronological order in 2020.
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T20||T51||T47|
|The Open Championship||T76||T16||T9||T6||T47||1||T12||T14||T17|
|The Open Championship||CUT||NT||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||3||8||17||12|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2017 U.S. Open – 2019 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2013 Open Championship – 2013 PGA)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T8||T58||T16||CUT||T32|
|The Players Championship||T22||T12||T2||T19||T26||T13||T54||T48||T75||CUT|
|The Players Championship||C||T41||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Results in World Golf Championships
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
PGA Tour career summary
* As of the 2020 season.
U.S. national team appearances
- World Cup: 2005
- Ryder Cup: 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 (winners)
- Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 2006 (winners)
- Presidents Cup: 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2013 (winners), 2015 (winners)
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The “Other ZJ” is 35-year-old Zach Johnson, the assistant PGA professional at Davis Park Golf Course in Kaysville, Utah. A former collegiate golfer at Southern Utah University and Q-school dropout, Johnson is one of 20 PGA pros who survived the long qualification process to earn a spot at Bellerive.
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