Category: Zach Johnson


December 09, 2013

Video: Watch Zach Johnson's amazing hole-out

Posted at 9:55 AM by Mike Walker

Zach Johnson might have pulled off the shot of 2013 with his hole-out from a drop area on the 72nd hole of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge [video above].

Tied with Woods on the tee at 18, Johnson found the fairway with his drive, while Woods drove into the left rough. Playing first, Woods' approach landed in the front right bunker, giving Johnson a clear shot at the green and maybe the win. Johnson, however, dunked his approach in the water. Then, needing to hole his wedge shot from the drop area to make par, Johnson did just that.

“It was just a bad swing and I got caught up in the moment," Johnson said afterward. "Certainly the next shot was a little too dramatic for me, but I was very lucky to hit that one in.”

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August 21, 2013

Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker to skip Barclays

Posted at 4:07 PM by Pete Madden

ZachjohnsonTwo players are making it a little bit harder on themselves to qualify for the Tour Championship by skipping the first playoff event at The Barclays.

One is missing by choice, the other because of a family obligation.

Zach Johnson (pictured), at No. 18 in the standings, will be in Chicago this week for his brother's wedding. Only one player has started at No. 18 and failed to reach the Tour Championship -- J.B. Holmes in 2010.

Steve Stricker is not at The Barclays because of his part-time schedule. He won the event in 2007 at Westchester Country Club.

--The Associated Press

June 15, 2013

Zach Johnson says USGA ‘manipulated’ Merion

Posted at 1:21 PM by Mike Walker

Zach_merionZach Johnson during a practice round at Merion on Wednesday (Getty Images).

After shooting 11-over in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open and missing the cut, Zach Johnson told the Golf Channel that the USGA’s Merion set-up was unfair.

The accurate, smooth-putting Zach Johnson was a popular dark horse at the U.S. Open at cozy Merion this week, but went home Saturday after shooting 77. His playing partners Graeme McDowell (13-over) and Jim Furyk (16-over) -- two other Open favorites – missed the cut as well.

“I would describe the whole golf course as manipulated,” Johnson told the Golf Channel. And there’s no question who’s to blame, he added. “It just enhances my disdain for the USGA and how it manipulates golf courses,” he said.

But Merion members should not take offense. Johnson said he still loves the course. “I think Merion is a great golf course, if you let Merion be, but that is not the agenda.”

 

April 22, 2013

Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson bow out of Seoul event due to 'perceived unrest'

Posted at 11:52 AM by Cameron Morfit

Dustin-JohnsonDustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have withdrawn from the European tour's Ballantine's Championship due to "perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula," according to a statement from the sponsor:

Ballantine’s is disappointed to announce that Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have informed us they will no longer be attending the Ballantine’s Championship. They have reached this decision following perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula and can no longer assure their commitment to this year’s event.

Ballantine’s and event organisers, The European Tour, would like to reiterate that the tournament is going ahead as planned with a full field of European, Asian and Korean PGA Tour members. Ballantine’s has been kept fully up to date on relevant issues and The European Tour has also been liaising with key decision makers, including the Foreign Office, who have not warned of any increased risk to those travelling to or within the country.

Paul Casey, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen and Y.E. Yang are among those who are still scheduled to play in this week's Euro tour event in Seoul.

There has been political tension in the region since the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea for its third nuclear test in February. The country is said to be planning a fourth test, and according to a South Korean news agency report has moved short-range missile launchers into position for a test launch.

(Photo: Dustin Johnson at the 2013 Masters. Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

 

 

March 14, 2013

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley face off in epic Twitter battle

Posted at 3:34 PM by Coleman McDowell

KeeganSparks fly whenever Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner face off, whether it's in the final round of the 2011 PGA Championship or on in a hilarious Twitter battle on Wednesday.

The Battle: The instigating moment of their inspired online trash-talking was a fashion choice by Bradley. Dufner took notice of Bradley donning the flat-billed Cleveland hat seen above during the WGC-Cadillac Championship and took dead aim.

Bradley immediately recovered and went for the early-round knockout with an embarrassing picture from 2003 of Dufner with small hoop earrings in each ear, frosted blonde tips and spiked hair. This battle appeared to be over before it started. There is no way Dufner could get back off the mat.

Zach Johnson decides to jump into the fray in defense of Dufner by posting what looks like a yearbook shot of Keegan with a curly afro. Dufner decided he didn't need any help in taking down Bradley and turned his focus towards Johnson. Zach was just trying to help!

Johnson didn't go for any haymakers like Bradley did, but instead took the high road and only jabbed at Dufner's well-publicized liking of chewing tobacco. This quickly has become a 1-on-2 handicap match.

Zach then tags out. Bradley enters back in the mix fresh and well-rested. He loses a few points for reusing the same material, but then he kicks things up a notch. His 156,000-plus followers now see the spiked-hair version of Dufner as Bradley has set it as his new Twitter avatar. To take the character takeover a step further, he starts tweeting about Dufner's alma mater, Auburn University. The world's No. 1 player also makes a cameo appearance.

Dufner, who lives in Auburn and regularly attends Auburn sporting events, won't stand for this. He mounts his counterattack, focusing on Bradley's alma mater's lack of athletic success and then dips into controversial waters by mentioning Bradley's use of an anchored putter. He caps off his rebuttal by stepping outside of the golf world and hits current events by rubbing in the departure of Wes Welker, former New England Patriots wide receiver. (Bradley, a Massachusetts native, is a huge Patriots fan.) He even throws in a random picture of Bradley along the way.

Bradley gracefully bows out with a simple reply: "Now that's crossing the line."

The Decision: Keegan came in with some heavy hitting early, but couldn't sustain it throughout the entire battle. Dufner favored quantity over quality and wore down his opponent on his way to a victory in "Dufner vs. Bradley I." We can't wait for the rematch.

Photo: Bradley at the WGC-Cadillac (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

September 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Jason Dufner wants to partner with Zach Johnson at Ryder Cup

Posted at 10:45 AM by Mark Dee

Jason Dufner has spoken. That's rare enough that we should listen.

The Duf dropped in on The Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Wednesday and talked Ryder Cup. As Jason Sobel reports:

He’s such a laconic character, it sometimes can be difficult to get a read on Jason Dufner. But when captain Davis Love III asked the 35-year-old recently which player he’d most liked to be paired with at next week’s Ryder Cup Dufner was quick with an answer: Zach Johnson.

“I’ve played a lot with him in the playoffs, and we started chatting,” Dufner explained Wednesday on "Morning Drive." “Our games are pretty similar; we try to control the golf ball from the fairway and chip and putt pretty good. But we both play a golf ball that’s very similar, and that’ll be a pretty good matchup in alternate shot."

With all the talk about the American's bombing-and-gouging all the way to Chicago, Dufner does have a point: It's called the fairway for a reason, and it is fun to play from, sometimes.

Related: Ryder Cup Preview | Tour Championship tee times

August 21, 2012

Barclay's Press Conferences: Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson

Posted at 5:15 PM by Mark Dee

The best sound bites from Tuesday's press conferences at Bethpage:

MASTERS CHAMPS TALK AUGUSTA
Bubba Watson: "We got the text or the call from my manager that there was going to be two ladies, and so yeah, my wife joked she wanted to be one of those ladies, but obviously she didn't make the cut. Maybe she's the third lady."

"But no, it was good to see. It's always in their time. They want to do it the right way, they want to get the right membership in there what they're looking for, and obviously it's great. It's great for golf, it's great for the game."

Zach Johnson: "In my opinion, or based on what I've read and what I've seen, the timing is right to have a couple women members so far and hats off to them. ... I know this time of year is when they start inviting new members, so I know there's a longer list than just two women. ... Knowing some of the members there, they're always very gracious to have new members come in, and I don't foresee that being any different. It seems like Chairman Payne is a guy -- well, I think he's great. I think he certainly has always had a pretty open mind about things, and that's why you've seen some tweaks and changes at Augusta and the Masters. Yeah, I think it's fantastic."

ON THE LENGTH OF BETHPAGE BLACK
Bubba Watson: "We're the only sport that keeps changing our distances. LeBron James feels like he can jump over the goal but they're not raising the goal in basketball, not changing football fields with guys throwing passes farther. So it's going to get tougher as I get older, it's going to get tougher the longer the golf courses are. Some of the guys out here just don't hit it as far, so it makes it really tough. For me, I'm loving it; for them, they're probably not as happy as I am."

Zach Johnson: "Everything about it is just big. It's almost like each hole is its own little -- you don't see another hole, you're on that hole and that's it. There's a couple holes that are side by side, especially on the back nine. But elevated tee shots, uphill tee shots. ...  Granted, my memory of '09 is we had a deluge, so there was no roll. I think as of right now we're getting some roll, and we could even get more roll if the forecast stays the same."

"But I think it's great. I mean, it's right out in front of you. It's not hidden. There's certain holes you've just got to get off with a great shot, starting the tee box through the green, and that's what separates a championship course from an okay course."

Dustin Johnson: "It's whoever is going to drive it the straightest and the furthest is who's going to win. The rough is very penal. But you definitely have an advantage being a longer hitter."

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE RYDER CUP
Bubba Watson: "This week I'm staying with a Wounded Warrior. I'm staying with another active military member, and staying with these guys in a house this week, talking to them, and seeing what they do for us, our freedoms. For me to put the red, white and blue stripes on and wear that badge proudly, it's the only time I get to be somewhat close to military. I'm not as tough as those guys, but somewhat to have a flag on, so it's just representing our country."

Zach Johnson: "I've been on both sides of [the selection process]. Fortunately I'm on the secure side this year. Every year you start off, one of your goals is the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup, depending on the year, and I think those are outcome-oriented goals, so you have objectives you have to accomplish. Those goals are really what's more important, and I think this is one of them."

Dustin Johnson: "You know, he probably already has the guys he's going to pick, I would say, and these next couple weeks probably could change his mind. But most of the guys have played well all week, and I've played pretty solid all year long, and I think I'd be a great asset to the team, and hopefully I'll get picked. "

TALKING 'BOUT PLAYOFFS?
Dustin Johnson: "It's hard not to get up for them. I'm always excited, especially you want to make it to the Tour Championship and obviously win the FedExCup. That's a nice check in the pocket. So that's how I get up for it. You know, it's great, and I don't know how you couldn't when you're playing for that kind of cheese."

THE TIGER FACTOR
Zach Johnson: "Well, you can't deny the fact that he's taken the game to another level. I mean, guys have done that prior to him, and I think guys will probably continue to do that. I don't know that we know who those individuals are yet. But yeah, I mean, the game of golf has grown, and then when you kind of inject Tiger Woods into it, it just adds another boost to it, I guess. In the late '90s it just started to skyrocket. And fortunately we have a guy, I think, who understood that and a Tour who understood that in Tim Finchem, and we've made of best of that from a business platform, from a financial platform, and certainly it's helped me and my peers financially. I mean, you can't deny that, relative to the '80s and '90s."

"But I think we've also shown that when he had some injuries and whatnot that we can survive without him, too, and we can build and grow. So he is a huge, huge part of the PGA Tour, no one is going to deny that. But I still think that our game is in a great position, and I think that our product is in a great position with the PGA Tour. I don't think anyone or any entity is above that."

JOHNSON ON PLAYING WITH TIGER AND RORY IN THE MARQUEE GROUP
Zach Johnson: "Two guys that you certainly can get caught up watching just because of the shots they can hit, shots they can hit that I can't hit. I'm just hoping my boring golf kind of gets in the way, and that's really what it boils down to. I like boring golf. That's kind of what butters my bread."

"I guess if I wasn't playing with them and I was working out or in my hotel, I'd probably be watching them on TV, so now I've got a firsthand watch. I know the crowd will be pushing them quite heavily, and it'll be fun."

WATSON AND THE WOUNDED WARRIORS
Bubba Watson: "...Russ Holden represents a lot of different charities, but Caddie for the Cure is a big one, and Wounded Warriors, he helps with them. He contacted me and asked if I wanted to stay at the house, and I said, a free house? Yeah, I want to stay there. So he told me who was going to be there, and Teddy, my caddie, could stay there, too, so we all are staying there."

"Last night we got in. They cooked dinner, we had some steaks and we just talked and asked them about the Wounded Warrior, asked them about what happened, and he showed me a picture of the car that blew up and all the things."

"Basically I'm there just talking to them. I'm in awe of them, they're in awe of me, but I'm really just watching them and learning from them about how much they fight for our freedoms not knowing who we are, not knowing anything about us. They're out there taking bullets and dodging bullets for us to give us freedom to do what we do. It was an honor for me to stay with them and be a part of just communicating with them and talking with them and hopefully cheering them up a little bit when they get a little down."

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August 14, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Rory vaults to No. 1, Tiger No. 2

Posted at 11:04 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, T10) - Last three finishes: 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (103, 1, 1) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (85, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

4. Ernie Els (71, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

5. Jason Dufner (69, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T31, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

6. Graeme McDowell (51, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

7. Adam Scott (46, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

8. Webb Simpson (41, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: MC, PGA Championship; T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

9. Zach Johnson (25, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: 70, PGA Championship; T40, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T9, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T19, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T23, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

 

Others receiving votes:
Luke Donald (22)
Justin Rose (17)
Lee Westwood (12)
Steve Stricker (10)
Jim Furyk (5)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Ian Poulter (2)

August 07, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger still No. 1, Bradley rises to No. 8

Posted at 12:14 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (114, 7, 1) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (97, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open; 1, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

3. Jason Dufner (76, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

4. Webb Simpson (71, 1, 3) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

5. Luke Donald (65, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

6. Graeme McDowell (53, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

7. Zach Johnson (48, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: T40, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

8. Keegan Bradley (37, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open; T46, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Adam Scott (26, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

T10. Rory McIlroy (19, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open; T10, Irish Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 3

T10. Lee Westwood (19, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: 70, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

 

Others receiving votes:
Matt Kuchar (17)
Jim Furyk (1, 16)
Louis Oosthuizen (16)
Hunter Mahan (11)
Bubba Watson (11)
Dustin Johnson (6)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Justin Rose (4)
Fred Couples (4)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)
Steve Stricker (1)

July 31, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger still No. 1, Els No. 2

Posted at 12:42 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 14 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (126, 8, 1) - Last three finishes: T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (104, 4, 2) - Last three finishes: MC, RBC Canadian Open; 1, British Open; T52, Scottish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

3. Webb Simpson (99, 2, 3) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

4. Luke Donald (75, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open; MC, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

5. Graeme McDowell (70, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France; T16, Irish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

6. Jason Dufner (68, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

7. Zach Johnson (59, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic; T64, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Adam Scott (40, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National; T15, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Lee Westwood (32, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10.  Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T23, British Open; T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

 

Others receiving votes:
Matt Kuchar (19)
Hunter Mahan (16)
Rory McIlroy (15)
Dustin Johnson (9)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Fred Couples (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (2)
Rickie Fowler (1)
Padraig Harrington (1)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)





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