FAQ: Zach Johnson's playoff win at the John Deere Classic
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FAQ: Zach Johnson’s playoff win at the John Deere Classic

When big things happen, people have questions. We here at GNN hope to answer those frequently asked questions. Tonight, we cover Zach Johnson's playoff victory at the John Deere Classic.

How many times has Zach Johnson won this year?

This is Johnson's second win of the year. He won earlier this year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He becomes only the fourth player this season to win multiple times. Tiger Woods has won three times, while Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner have also won twice.

How has Johnson done against his Tour peers in the last five years?

Johnson trails only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and, until today, three-time defending Deere champion Steve Stricker for the most wins on the PGA Tour since 2007.

  1. Tiger Woods - 20
  2. Phil Mickelson - 11
  3. Steve Stricker - 9
  4. Zach Johnson - 8

Who was the guy on Johnson's bag?

Johnson's normal caddie, Damon Green, was in Michigan competing in the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood G&CC. Mike Bender, Johnson's coach, filled in this week.

Johnson earned $828,000 with the victory. A top caddie earns 10 percent, so Bender will get $82,800. For his T-17 finish at the U.S. Senior Open, Green won $38,142.

What's with guys with short first names winning lately?

The last four players to win on the PGA Tour all have first names of five letters or less. Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open. Marc Leishman won the Travelers, then Tiger took his AT&T National, Ted Potter Jr. won at Greenbrier and Johnson won the Deere.

And is there some strange connection to U.S. Senior Open champion Roger Chapman?

In what is probably the Coinkydink of the Year, Johnson and Roger Chapman won their two titles this season on the same day. Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship on May 27, the same day Johnson won at Colonial.

What about Troy Matteson?

Matteson didn't win, but did take homeĀ $496,800 for his second-place effort. That total is more than double what Matteson earned in his first 21 starts of the season ($213,743). He also gains entry to The Open Championship as the highest-finishing player that was not already exempt into the field.


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