Zach Johnson was a sports fanatic at an early age playing basketball, baseball and football. The 32-year old took up golf at age ten developing his game at the Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids. He was on the high school golf team and even participated in an Iowa 3A championship in 1992. Johnson went to the Drake University in Des Moines and was #2 on the golf team. During the time that he was in the team, they won three NCAA regional meets and two Missouri Valley Championships.
He turned professional in 1998 first playing in Prairie Golf Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the Hooters Tour. He was the highest paid golfer on the 2003 Nationwide Tour with record earnings of $494, 882. He won the BellSouth Classic in 2004 in a 1 stroke win over Mark Hensby. In 2007, he won two major PGA Tour Championships, the first a major win over Tiger Woods, Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen in the Masters Tournament. This pulled his ranking from #56 to #15. He also earned the AT&T Classic the same year with a birdie over the first hole defeating Ryuji Imada.
Zach Johnson is the first player in the history of the PGA to go over the $400,000 mark in earnings. He also led the Tour’s records with a scoring average of 68.97. He opened 2008 with a T9 finish in the World Golf Championships-Ca Championship and T20 finishes in the Mercedes Benz Championship and the Masters Tournament. He averaged T25 in the Wachovia Championship and T30 in the Honda Classic. In 2009, Johnson was successful in winning the Sony Open in Hawaii as well as defending his title by winning the Valero Texas Open that same year. Armed with more successful runs, Johnson ended on fourth place of the money list. His 2010 season got up to a rather slow start but he was able to win at the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial before the year ended. The victory marked his 7th PGA Tour win.
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