Despite missing opener, Johnson advances to Atlanta


ATLANTA – Zach Johnson skipped the FedEx Cup Playoff opener in New Jersey to attend his brother’s wedding, which likely put more pressure on his brother than it did Johnson.

Johnson began the playoffs 18th on the FedEx Cup points list, but slipped to 25th after missing The Barclays and another two spots to 27th after a tie for 27th at the Deutsche Bank Championship and in danger of missing the Tour Championship for just the second time in the last five seasons.

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His victory on Monday at the BMW Championship, however, vaulted Johnson to fourth on the points and easily into the field at East Lake.

“They (his brother and new sister-in-law) are very thankful that I played well the last couple of weeks,” Johnson smiled on Tuesday.