Last Week Zac Johnson holed a 68 yard pitch shot on the 72 hole to tie Tiger Woods and then proceeded to beat him in the playoff at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge!
Winning tournaments with quality approach wedges is nothing new for Zac as he won the 2007 US Masters by laying up on all the par 5's every round and still led the field for par 5 scoring that week with an impressive 11 under.
Now when you think about the best golfers who have played the game, Zac Johnson's name I am sure will not pop up in your mind. But when you dig deeper into what Zac has achieved since he turned professional in 1998 it is very impressive indeed.
On the USPGA Tour he has won 10 times and accumulated over US $30 million in winnings and ranks 15th on the all time money list.
Throughout his career he has been a consistent money making machine. Last year he won over US $4 million ranking 9th, winning once, and had 8 top tens. He played in 24 tournaments and made the cut in twenty of them.
Zac Johnson like many tour golfers found the transition from amateur to professional not all smooth going.
He learnt to play professionally by serving his apprenticeship on the mini tours starting on the Prairie Tour for two years winning once in 1998 and finished 3rd on the 1999 money list.
He kept improving and was the Player of the Year on the competitive Hooters tour and from there graduated to the Web.com Tour in 2002.
After a solid 1st year he won the Rookie of the Year award and the next year in 2003 earned up to that point the most money won on the Web.Com which also resulted in him winning Player of the Year status and a full card on the PGA Tour.
After five years on the mini tours he was "tour ready" and in 2004 won the BellSouth Classic. And he added to his 1st win by winning the 2007 US Masters and the 2008 AT&T all in the state of Georgia.
Looking at his statistics from his very successful last year his approach wedge game and scrambling was nothing outstanding, but as the critical stats below show he does a lot right in the other parts of his game.
That last stat fitted perfectly for Zac after hitting his second into the hazard guarding the green.
The designated drop zone allowed him to drop his ball to his preferred approach wedge distance and the rest is history. Plus he hit his shot inside his average proximity to hole by 10'7" exactly!
With the above statistics Zac will continue to make cuts, win golf tournaments and keep making his family, sponsors and bank manager very happy.
David Milne and Lawrie Montague - Pro Tour Golf College
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