Johnson enters Open with fatherhood on mind

Zach Johnson

Last year, it was Ross Fisher at the British Open, Sean O’Hair at the U.S. Open, and way back at the 1999 U.S. Open there was Phil Mickelson and his beeper firmly attached to his belt.

All those men played with the added weight of knowing their better half was home and ready to give birth to a child any moment.

Zach Johnson is the latest to play a major with thoughts of fatherhood on his mind.

Wife Kim’s due date is July 23, and Johnson said the plan is to induce birth after he gets home. But we all know how the best laid plans can go.

The Johnson’s are expecting their second child, another boy. Johnson said they are “99 percent sure” that 3-year-old Will’s little brother will be named Wyatt.

Johnson’s father, Dave, told me they are expecting a big boy.

“Doctor says he’s going to be 11-12 pounds,” he said. “We’re penciling him in as a linebacker for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but Mom says no way.”

The 2007 Masters champion called the British Open his favorite tournament of the year, even though he’s missed the cut in half of his six appearances and never finished better than T-20 (he shot 77-70-MC in 2005 at St. Andrews).

“I love it,” Johnson said of St. Andrews. “To most people it looks like a cow pasture, but I think it’s kind of awesome.”

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