After winning his first PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2004, Zach Johnson has won 11 other PGA Tour events, including the 2007 Masters, the 2015 Open Championship, and two major championships. The American professional golfer is the 6th golfer to win the Majors at both St. Andrews and Augusta.
Zach Johnson Bio
Zach was born to Dave and Julie Johnson on February 24, 1978, in Iowa City, Iowa, as Zachary Harris Johnson. He is the oldest of their three children. Zach and his two younger siblings grew up in Cedar Rapids, the second-largest city in Iowa. Johnson has always had a fondness for sports. Growing up, he played American football, soccer, baseball, and even basketball. At the age of ten, he began to take an interest in golf and began to foster that interest by enrolling at Elmcrest Country Club.
As a high school student at Regis High School, Zach played number two on the school golf team, and as a sophomore in 1992, he led the team to an Iowa 3A State Championship. After graduating high school in 1994, Johnson attended Drake University in Des Moines, where he also played number two on the school golf team and led the team to three NCAA regional meetings and two Missouri Valley Championships.
Johnson’s uncle, Tom Harris, was also a golfer who qualified for the 1975 NAIA National Tournament. Zach Johnson began playing professionally in 1998. He started on the Development Tour circuit, which he would continue to play on until his automatic promotion to the PGA Tour in 2013, after heading the money list on the Nationwide Tour. His first win came the following year at the BellSouth Classic, held just outside Atlanta in 2004, just one stroke ahead of Australian professional golfer Mark Hensby.
In 2006, he recorded some more impressive results, including two-second places and third place at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This earned him his first ticket for the US team to the Ryder Cup, with Johnson finishing ninth on the US scoreboard. He won his first major title the following year (2007) at the Augusta Masters Tournament, after defeating Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen, and Woods with two shots to become the tournament winner. This unique victory placed him among the top 20 golfers in the world at the time, rising from his position as the world’s number 56 to 15th. Zach Johnson was the first golfer outside the top fifty world rankings to win the Masters. After that, he has ensured consistency. For every year since his first Master’s victory, he has won at least one tournament, including an AT&T Classic, a Valero Texas Open title, and the BMW Championship.
In 2013, he defeated Tiger Woods in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, placing him in the top ten golfers in the world for the first time in his career. The following year, he made his seventh appearance on the official golf world rankings after winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Some two years later (2015) he won the 12th PGA Tour and his second major after beating Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at the Open Championship in St. Andrews. He was the sixth golfer after Woods, Sam Snead, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, and Nick Faldo to win the Majors at both St. Andrews and Augusta.
Who’s His Wife?
Zach Johnson has been married to Kim Barclay since 2003. The couple began their relationship in 2000 after they first met in the parking lot of an apartment complex where they both lived in Florida. After three years of being together, the couple walked down the aisle in 2003.
Zach and his wife are blessed with three children – two sons (Will and Wyatt) and a daughter named Abby Jane. They currently live with their children in St. Simons, Georgia.
Zach Johnson was raised a Catholic but began attending Kim’s church before they were married. They attended the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida before moving to Georgia. Johnson speaks loudly about his Christian faith. After winning his first master title in 2007, he dedicated it to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Zach Johnson Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Zach Johnson stands at a height of 5’9″ (1.8 m) and weighs 161 pounds (73 kg). In 2015 the golfer began a program with his trainer and chiropractor Troy Van Biezen. The core of the program was to help him gain at least 10 pounds of muscle. It didn’t go quite as well, as most days he ignored the program and did a 30-minute intensive workout, reducing rather than building muscle.