Monday, October 13, 2008
Zach Johnson, Welcome Back to the Winner's Circle
The PGA Tour is a strange place. One year you're winning the Masters and appearing on Letterman, and the next you're the happiest guy in the world to take home the Valero Texas Open.
Before Sunday in San Antonio, Zach Johnson was carding 2008 as a year he really, really wanted to forget. Not only had his golf game hit the skids, but his home state of Iowa had been hit with nasty tornadoes in floods in June and the people were still struggling to get back to normal.
Johnson had missed two of his previous three cuts before making the trip to Texas, but weekend rounds of 62-64 were salty enough for a two-shot victory and his fourth career PGA Tour title.
"I think it was kind a Masters lag year,'' Johnson said.
Well, lag no mas. The win gets him in the Mercedes Championship next season and will at least boost his confidence for 2009. Hopefully by then, all the real life problems will be smoothed over and Mr. White Belt can get back to hitting fairways, greens and rolling the ball as good as anyone.
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