How does someone who’s played phenomenal golf for two months straight fly under the radar so often? I don’t know the answer to that, either, but if you’re Zach Johnson, that’s just the way you like it.
Johnson won the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Monday, after heavy rains washed out the scheduled finale on Sunday. Perhaps the extra day of rest helped Johnson focus on the task at hand. Facing a three-shot deficit to 54-hole leader Jim Furyk, Johnson was nearly flawless over the final 18 holes. He hit 13 of 14 fairways on Monday, and didn’t make a single bogey since the fifth hole of the third round.
“A great week, a phenomenal day, one of the best final rounds I probably have come up with in a while, especially coming down the stretch,” Johnson said in USA TODAY. ” … It was a week of perseverance and patience.”
Perseverance and patience are two qualities that the now ten-time PGA Tour winner exemplifies in his game. Two months ago, at July’s John Deere Classic, Johnson lost to Jordan Spieth in an incredibly competitive playoff, and since then he finished outside the top ten only once, at the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was the kind of run of near-misses that would have a lot of players wondering why they couldn’t find the winner’s circle, but he just kept grinding until he got the job done.
It’s a stunning turnaround for a player who finished in the top ten just once in the first six months of the season. Coming into the week, Johnson was 27th in the FedEx Cup points race and had to work just to make the Tour Championship field. Now he will go to East Lake in fourth place, in total control of his own fate.
From 120 players down to 30, Johnson may not be the biggest star, but he shouldn’t be flying under anybody’s radar anymore. As well as he’s played recently, only 72 holes now stand between him and the $10 million prize at the end of this road.