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Zach Johnson      

Professional Golfer; PGA Tour

Zach Johnson is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.  He attended Drake University and later turned professional in 1998.

He started out on the developmental tour circuit, including the Prairie Golf Tour and the NGA 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.

He later went on to become a member of the PGA Tour.  He won his first PGA Tour event in 2004 at the BellSouth Classic. He has been featured in the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking and most recently in 2006, was a member of the US Ryder Cup team.

The son of a chiropractor, Johnson was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids, the oldest of Dave & 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 2 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 #2 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 has admitted to not being the best player on his high school or college team, but was quoted in his Masters speech saying, "I just kept getting better every year."

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