Zach Johnson

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Zachary Harris Johnson (born February 24, 1976) was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a professional golfer, and the winner of the 2007 Masters Tournament, held yearly in Augusta, Georgia. He is prominent among a new generation of Christian athletes. [1]

Johnson started on the developmental tour circuit, including Prairie Golf Tour and the NGA Hooters Tour. He won the final three regular-season events in 2001. In 2003, he topped the earnings list with winnings of $494,882. He won his first PGA tourney at the 2004 BellSouth Classic. Johnson qualified for the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team, finishing 9th on the U.S. Points List.

2007 Masters Tournament

Johnson showed patience — at least on the surface — through cold and windy weather throughout the four rounds of play. Johnson was the first player from Iowa to finish in the top 10 of the Masters. Before this years Masters, the highest placing player from Iowa was Jack Fleck, from Davenport, who tied at 11th in 1962.

"This is very surreal — very, very surreal," Johnson said as he talked with reporters near the 18th green that the victory meant even more on Easter, as he credited Jesus and his late grandfather for helping him steel nerves. "This being Easter, I cannot help but believe my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was walking with me. I owe this to him."

Johnson’s victorious total of 1-over par tied for the highest winning score in Masters’ history. Johnson was repeating an earlier success in Georgia: His one other PGA victory was in Atlanta, at the 2004 BellSouth Classic. Johnson is the first player with so few wins under his belt, since Larry Mize took a win away from Greg Norman in a surprise Masters playoff 20 years ago.

Personal

Johnson became a father on Thursday, Jan. 4 as his wife, Kim, gave birth to son David William "Will" in Orlando, Florida. The baby weighed nearly ten pounds. The couple have been married for three years.


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