Zach Johnson and Luke Donald, respectively at the helm of the US team and the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023, have arrived in Rome in view of the "Year to Go" celebrations that will be held from tomorrow to Wednesday 5 October in the Eternal City.
One year after the great golf event scheduled on the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club course, the two captains will symbolically open the challenge in the next few days with a symbolic shot from the Temple of Venus, facing the Colosseum.
Then, for the first time since their appointment, they will be the protagonists of a joint conference.
Zach Johnson and Luke Donald
Meanwhile, if Donald had already had the opportunity - at the end of the Italian Open - to admire the beauties of Rome up close, Johnson wasted no time.
Alongside his wife, the American - now in a tourist version - first visited the Pantheon, then the Trevi Fountain, then the Spanish Steps. Underwent a full immersion in the center for the 46-year-old from Iowa, who also indulged in an ice cream.
Zachary Harris Johnson, better known as Zach Johnson (Iowa City, Iowa, United States, February 24, 1976), is an American golfer who has achieved 12 wins and 67 top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He has finished fourth on the money list in 2009, sixth in 2012, eighth in 2007 and 2015, and ninth in 2013.
Johnson won the 2007 Augusta Masters and the 2015 British Open, finished third at the 2010 PGA Championship and sixth at the 2013 British Open, amassing a total of eight top-10 finishes in major tournaments. In addition, he finished second in the 2006 Tour Championship and 2012 Players Championship, third in the 2006 WGC Match Play, fourth in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and sixth in 2011.
Regarding national team championships, Johnson has played four editions of the Ryder Cup, achieving 7 points in 14 games, and four editions of the Presidents Cup, where he obtained 10.5 points out of 17. The Iowan became the No.
6 golfer in the world in January 2014. He has spent 65 weeks in the top 20 and 126 weeks in the top 30. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and developed his golf game at Elmcrest Country Club. After attending Drake University, Johnson became a professional golfer in 1998.
He started on regional tournament series at the third tier, such as the Prairie Golf Tour and the NGA Hooters Tour, with a total of seven wins. He then played on the second-ranked Nationwide Tour, where Johnson was successful twice and qualified for the big PGA Tour.
In his first season (2004) he managed to win the title at the BellSouth Classic and thanks to numerous top rankings he temporarily climbed into the top 50 in the world golf rankings. This ranking enabled Johnson to participate in the majors and lucrative events of the World Golf Championships tournament series.
He was also on the US Ryder Cup team in 2006. In April 2007, Johnson won the Masters in Augusta, one of the four major tournaments. In July 2015 he won the Open Championship, his second Major, at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Johnson has been married to his wife Kim since 2003 and they have three children, daughter Abby Jane and sons Will and Wyatt.