PGA 2009 US Masters Golf Tournament | Zach Johnson US Masters Golfers

What where the odds that Zach Johnson would walk away with the biggest prize of all, the 2007 US Masters title at Augusta? Pretty remote considering that the 31-year-old American held a ranking of 56 before the tournament, and has only twice claimed a PGA Tour win in his nine-year career.

The 2007 Masters gave the golfing world the most unlikely champion in at least 20 years, and although Johnson displayed levels of consistency and composure, many felt that it was not he who had won, but Tiger Woods who had lost the Masters through mediocre play!

Zach Johnson, Us Masters golfer, is one of those ‘late bloomers’. Although he turned professional in 1998, he only joined the PGA Tour in 2004. Prior to that, he was successful on the Nationwide Tour and in 2003 topped the money list with prize money of US$494 882. He also led the circuit in scoring average.

Johnson’s debut-win on the PGA Tour garnered favourable comments, and he was considered to have the qualities and stroke play of a big star. Although he would never blast anyone off the tee, he had a great short game.

He made it into the Top 40 on the money list for three consecutive years, and then got tongues wagging at the 2006 Ryder Cup. As one of four rookies on the US Ryder Cup team, Johnson took seven birdies in a betterball match with partner, Scott Verplank, to grab a much-needed point against rivals, Europe.

8 April 2007 will be emblazoned on the American’s mind for many years to come. It was the day on which he shrugged on the Green Jacket with the help of defending champion and fellow American, Phil Mickelson.

He became the first person ranked outside the Top 50 to win the US Masters, and his score of +1 over par (289) is the second highest score ever recorded at the Masters. However, nobody can detract from his first Masters win, and who can say that he will not emulate his 2007 efforts and don the green jacket yet again in the near future.

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