Zach Johnson Story
Zach Johnson was born in Iowa City and was raised in Cedar Rapids. Zach is the oldest of the three children of current Elmcrest members, Dr. David and Julie Johnson.
Zach began playing golf and developed his golf skills at Elmcrest Country Club, starting at age 10. Below are some of his Amateur Golf Accomplishments:
- In 1992, Zach led the Regis High School Golf Team to the Iowa 3A State Championship.
- In 1993, Zach won the Elmcrest Country Club Junior Club Championship.
- In 1993, Zach was the runaway winner in the Pribyl-Rotary Metro Junior Boys’ golf tournament with a final round 73 that finished at Elmcrest.
- In 1994, Zach attended Drake University in Des Moines on a golf scholarship. While at Drake, Zach led the team to three NCAA Regional Tournaments and two Missouri Valley Championships
- In 1996, Zach won the Cedar Rapids Men’s City Amateur Golf Tournament with a 4 under par total of 212.
After college, in 1998, Zach turned professional. Below are a few of his professional golfing accomplishments:
- In 1998-99, Zach played on the Prairie Tour, winning 3 tournaments.
- In 1999-2000, Zach played mostly on the Buy.Com Tour.
- In 2001, Zach won the McLeodUSA/Greater Cedar Rapids Open. with a 8-under-par total that gave him a two-stroke win at the third annual event held at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion.
- In 2001-02, Zach played on the Hooters Tour winning 4 times and was the 2001 Hooters Tour Player of the Year.
- In both 2001 and 2002, Zach won the Iowa Open Golf Tournament.
- In 2003, Zach played on the Nationwide Tour, winning twice (Rheem Classic, Envirocare Utah Classic). Zach topped the money list on the Nationwide Tour with record earnings. By placing in the top 20 on the year end money list, Zach automatically qualified for the 2004 PGA Tour.
- In 2003, Zach won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for being the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year.
- In 2004 became a member of the PGA Tour.
- In 2004, Zach won his first PGA Tour Event, The BellSouth Classic in Atlanta.
- In 2006, Zach represented the United States of America at the Ryder Cup in Ireland. Zach won 1 ½ points for the 12 man United States Team.
- On April 8, 2007, Zach won the 71st playing of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia by a margin of 2 strokes over runners up Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. This was Zach’s first major title.
- In 2007, Zach won his third PGA Tour Event, The AT&T Classic (formerly The Bellsouth Classic).
- In 2007, Zach was a part of the United States team for the Presidents Cup in Montreal. Zach scored two points for the victorious team that won 19.5 to 14.5.
- In 2008, Zach won his fourth PGA Tour Event, The Valero Texas Open.
- In 2009, Zach was a part of the United States team for the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, CA. Zach scored two points for the victorious team that won 19.5 to 14.5.
- In 2009, Zach won his fifth and sixth PGA Tour Events, The Sony Open and The Valero Texas Open.
- In 2010, Zach won his seventh PGA Tour Event, The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
- In 2010, Zach represented the United States on the 12 man Ryder Cup team in Whales. Zach won 2 points for the USA.
- In 2012, Zach won his eighth PGA Tour Event, The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
- In 2012, Zach won his ninth PGA Tour Event, The John Deere Classic, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois on July 15th with a score of -20. Zach defeated Troy Matteson in a 2-hole playoff with a fantastic bunker shot from 193 yards using a 6-iron to within 6 inches of the hole. Zach's win moved him up to 11th in the World Rankings.
Zach now makes his home in Saint Simons, Georgia, with his wife Kim and their 2 sons, Will and Wyatt.