2013 British Open Player Profile: Zach Johnson

By Greg Higgins

It’s been over a year since Zach Johnson last won a PGA tour event. Johnson won the John Deere Classic on July 15, 2012, and would like nothing more than to break his winless drought by walking away from Murfield this weekend as the 2013 British Open Champion.

It wouldn’t be the first Major Championship he won. Johnson beat Tiger Woods, Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen to win the Masters in 2007.

In order for Johnson to walk away from the weekend as the winner, he will have to bring his “A” game with him. His best finish in the tournament came last year when he finished tied for ninth place. With Phil Mickelson, Woods and other players all hungry for the Major win, Johnson has his work cut out for him.

With only nine career PGA victories, winning isn’t something that happens often for Johnson. There has only been three different years in which he won multiple tournaments in the same year. In 2007, he won the Masters and the AT&T Classic. In 2009, it was the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Valero Texas Open. Last year, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the John Deere Classic were the two victories for Johnson.

One positive note is that Johnson is coming off an impressive outing at the John Deere Classic last week, where he finished tied for second. This could give him some much-needed momentum as he takes the course Thursday, and that could be just what he needs to surprise the field … well, momentum and some luck, anyway.

Greg Higgins is a contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457.

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