LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A flashy player, he is not, but here’s something about Zach Johnson’s game that should turn a few heads:
His two-stroke victory at the BMW Championship was his 10th PGA Tour title, moving him into a tie for 10th (with Adam Scott) on the active wins list on the PGA Tour. Only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, David Duval, David Toms, Justin Leonard and Steve Stricker have more.
“It just shows you the quality of player he is,” Brandt Snedeker said. “He’s one of the best drivers on the PGA Tour. I think more people need to look at Zach as a role model for the way he plays the game.”
With just one top 10 in his first 16 starts this season, Johnson has now rattled off six top-10s in his last seven events. The turnaround can be attributed to his play off the tee. Averaging just 278.4 yards per pop, Johnson’s game is predicated on being in the fairway, and for the first few months of the season, while he figured out his driver configuration, that wasn’t always the case.
Now, he’s back up to eighth in driving accuracy and, said caddie Damon Green, “the driver is our straight club in the bag.”
“The last few months,” Green said, “he has just played awesome.”
Of reaching the 10-win club, Johnson said, “I’m not so sure I even understand what that is and what that means, especially considering whose era I’m playing in. I’m not wanting to be a prideful guy, but I certainly take pride in the fact that I’ve done what I’ve done.”