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Top 20 Golfers for 2013 Majors: No. 20 Zach Johnson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 20: Zach Johnson

Born: Feb. 24, 1976, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  | Career PGA Tour Wins: 9|2012 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,504,244 (6th)  World Ranking: 26

Brandel Chamblee's Take

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Since topping the 2003 class of the Tour (then known as the Nationwide Tour), Johnson has been one of the most consistent money-winners on the PGA Tour. In 2004, he won in just his ninth start as a rookie, and after his third multiple win season in 2012 he now has nine career wins, one of which was the 2007 Masters. In an era that is biased towards length off the tee, Zach’s success has been based on accuracy, one of the best putting strokes in the game and a tenacity that is matched by few in the world of golf. His strong grip and flat swing give him a low ball flight that makes him a threat in windy conditions but perhaps explains why, on the harder surfaces of majors, his top 10 percentage doesn’t match up to his numbers in regular tour events.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 35
Wins: 1

2012 Performance:
Masters - T32
U.S. Open - T41
British Open - T9
PGA Championship - 70

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2007)
U.S. Open - T30 (2011)
British Open - T9 (2012)
PGA Championship - T3 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Top-25 Finishes: 8
Missed Cuts: 13

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.