Zach Johnson: An Iowan of the Decade

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Zach Johnson hits a shot during the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic.

When I received my eBlue, the Electronic Newsletter of Drake Alumni and Friends, for January, I was surprised to see that the Des Moines Register named Zach Johnson one of its Iowan’s of the Decade.

It turns out I wasn’t as surprised as Johnson, who knew nothing about it but was clearly honored.

“What?  Really,” A stunned Johnson said. “That’s awesome, that’s very kind. I knew nothing about it.”

Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion, was one of 27 honored by the newspaper, which included not only sports figures like Johnson, but also political figures, Pulitzer Prize winners and entertainers.

Johnson’s win at Augusta National was the first Green Jacket won by an Iowan and only the second time an Iowan won a golf major championship. 

Jack Fleck, the 1955 U.S. Open winner, was from Davenport, Iowa.

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