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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 14 Zach Johnson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 14: Zach Johnson

Born: Feb. 24, 1976, Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 12 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,801,487 (8th) | World Ranking: 15

Gary Williams' Take: By adding a second major championship to his résumé with his Open Championship win, Johnson has put himself in a position for a Hall of Fame run as he enters his 40s. To achieve a dozen wins on Tour and two majors in an era of bomb and gouge is a great testament to his grit, but also to his commitment to playing to his strengths. Consider that he won The Masters at Augusta and the Open Championship at St. Andrews, both of which favor bombers, by sticking to a plan and executing it expertly. Like others with similar strengths, he should be expected to continue his production well into his 40s. He accumulated 10 top 10s in 2015, and while other shorter hitters have to focus on places like Colonial and Harbour Town, Johnson has shown that he can contend on courses with four par 5s and courses in excess of 7,200 yards.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 47
Wins: 2
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T9
    U.S. Open – T72
    British Open – 1
    PGA Championship – Cut
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - 1 (2007)
    U.S. Open - T30 (2011)
    British Open - 1 (2015)
    PGA Championship - T3 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 8
Top-25 Finishes: 12
Missed Cuts: 16

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