NORTON, Mass. – Zach Johnson dropped from 18th in the FedEx Cup standings to 25th after skipping the first playoff event, but he said Wednesday he has no regrets after serving as the best man at his brother’s wedding last week.
“They were aware of my schedule,” he said in advance of the Deutsche Bank Championship. “Obviously he's aware, you don't touch the majors, that kind of thing. But bottom line is, it's their week, it's their day. And it's my brother.”
Johnson did allow that the decision prompted a funny discussion between himself and his father.
“They set the date and then about two or three days later my dad called me, said, ‘So did you hear about the date?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, of course, yeah. It kind of stinks. Yeah, you know, it stinks. He said, ‘So how did he take it?’ I'm like, ‘How did he take what? Well, the fact that you can't be …’
“I'm like, ‘Dad, it's my brother. I'm the best man. What?”
Johnson, who’s finished eighth or better in each of his last five starts, admitted he was just happy he didn’t face the worst-case scenario.
“I'm glad the scenario didn't surface,” he said. “It would have been rough if I was 120 or 125 in the FedEx, that sort of thing. But still, even then, it's one golf tournament.”