Besting par in 11 straight, Z. Johnson takes break

Zach Johnson, through the 2014 Humana Challenge, has bested par in 11 straight PGA Tour events.
Zach Johnson, through the 2014 Humana Challenge, has bested par in 11 straight PGA Tour events. ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Zach Johnson has earned the little break he’ll take for himself.

You’d have to go back to last summer’s Open Championship for the last time the unheralded Johnson finished a tournament over par. He was 2 over at Muirfield, but since then he’s been hot. Make that red hot. In 11 tournaments since – six at the end of 2013, five to begin 2013-14 – Johnson has been in red numbers in each, a whopping 121 under for 44 rounds.

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The consistency has been remarkable. He has shot 70 or better in 42 of the 44 rounds. The lone blips? A 72 in Round 2 of the Deutsche Bank Championship and a 74 in Round 3 of the recent Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Johnson has been in the 60s in 35 of those 44 rounds, including each of his last nine. Over those 11 tournaments, he has two wins, eight top 10s, and has been outside the top 25 just twice (none of which includes the playoff victory over Tiger Woods in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge).

Now if it’s possible to sweeten the picture, it’s this: Stretching back to his last missed cut, at the U.S. Open, Johnson has averaged 67.38 on Sundays.

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