"I have very good sensations and I feel at peace as myself. I am extremely confident in our 12 guys." Word from Zach Johnson, captain of Team USA ahead of tomorrow's start of the golf Ryder Cup in Rome. "I have the utmost confidence in Scottie (Sheffler, ed.) and Sam (Burns, ed.).
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They have some certain experience and also some chemistry between them. The climate at Marco Simone? We knew it was going to be a tough week, definitely the best Ryder Cup I've ever seen. It will be hard for the players from a physical point of view, but the preparation we did two weeks ago, when we came here as a team, is helping us for this week".
Zachary Harris Johnson, better known as Zach Johnson (Iowa City, Iowa, United States, February 24, 1976), is an American golfer who has achieved 12 victories and 67 top 10s on the PGA Tour. He has placed 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, placed third in the 2010 PGA Championship and sixth in the 2013 British Open, accumulating a total of eight top 10s in major tournaments. Additionally, he finished second at the 2006 Tour Championship and the 2012 Players Championship, third at the 2006 WGC Match Play, fourth at 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 number 6 golfer in the world in January 2014.
He has spent 65 weeks in the top 20 and 126 weeks in the top 30. After playing golf in high school, Johnson was on the Drake University team in Des Moines, while graduating with a degree in business administration and marketing in 1998.
That year he became a professional golfer and began competing in different development circuits. In 2003, he achieved two wins and nine top 3s on the Web.com Tour, leading the money list and earning a card to play on the PGA Tour in 2004.
Johnson won the Atlanta tournament and earned two third places, a sixth and a 10th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, as well as 15 top 25s, placing him 19th on the money list. In 2005 he had a second place in Michigan, a third in Doral, five top 10s and 11 top 25s, which placed him 39th in the final table.