Tour Report: No. 18: Zach Johnson

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2013 PREVIEW: Last year marked the third two-win campaign of Zach Johnson’s career. The steady man from Iowa didn’t miss a cut until June and didn’t miss another the rest of the year. Johnson, who went 3-1 in the Ryder Cup, has a Presidents Cup team to make this year so he’ll need more of that consistency.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Johnson had already posted two runner-up finishes when he went to Fort Worth and won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for the second time in three years — despite a two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole for playing his ball from the wrong place on the green. Five weeks later, Johnson notched another victory, this time in a playoff, at the John Deere Classic, a tournament he considers his hometown event. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Zach hit one of the great shots of the year when his approach out of the fairway bunker on the 18th hole in the John Deere playoff rolled up to within a foot of the cup. He does not hit the ball overly long but makes up for that with precision and putting. Johnson is one of the more physically fit players on TOUR. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Classic case of it all coming together … yet again. Basically copied his career year of 2009 with two wins and in excess of $4.5 million. He’s not a first-round knockout artist like some of his behemoth brethren. Instead, ZJ is a surgeon, a tactician. What’s great is that he has no issues teeing it up 25 times. You’re likely going to get bonus starts at the Sony Open and RBC Heritage in addition to title defense at Colonial and the John Deere Classic. Don’t hesitate late in the first round. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Regular Season ranking

Final Playoffs ranking

Best finishes 1st
Crowne Plaza Invitational
John Deere Classic
By the Numbers
Starts: 25
Cuts made: 24
Rounds played: 94
Top-10 finishes: 6
Money List rank: 6th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 168th
Driving accuracy: 14th
Greens in regulation: 101st
Strokes gained-putting: 8th
Scoring average: 14th


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