"I don't make excuses. Europe beat us and the defeat is my responsibility, I made wrong choices": thus the captain of Team USA, Zach Johnson, at the end of the challenge that brought the golf Ryder Cup back to Europe.
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"We will use this defeat as motivation - he adds - Europe played great and won.
We showed determination and heart, there were ups and downs, I am proud of my boys. I am responsible for the defeat, I made wrong choices and I will reflect on this. These 12 guys played hard and fought for our country." 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.
In 2006, this Iowan achieved two second places in Atlanta and the Memorial Tournament, a third in the WGC Match Play, a fifth in Memphis and nine top 25s, thus placing him in 24th place on the money list. The golfer triumphed in 2007 at the Augusta Masters and the Atlanta tournament, and placed second in the Tour Championship.
With five top 10s and ten top 25s, he finished eighth on the money list. In 2008, Johnson won the Texas Open, but had just three top 10s and seven top 25s, so he finished 53rd on the money list. In 2009 he triumphed in the Hawaii and Texas Opens, finished second in the Quad Cities, third in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and tenth in the PGA Championship.
By accumulating nine top 10s and 16 top 25s, he earned fourth place on the PGA Tour money list, behind Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson. This player won the 2010 Colonial Invitational and finished third in the PGA Championship and ninth in the Tour Championship.
They were his only top 10, which added to 13 top 25s, placed him 19th on the money list. In 2011 he had four top 10s and 11 top 25s, including a sixth place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing 44th on the money list.
In the 2012 PGA Tour season, he won at the Colonial Invitational and Quad Cities, and achieved two second places at the Heritage and the Players Championship, a ninth at the British Open, six top 10s and 11 top 25s. sixth place on the money list.
Johnson triumphed in 2013 in the BMW Championship, finished second in the Quad Cities, third in the Colonial Invitational, fourth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, fifth in Greensboro, sixth in the British Open, seventh in the Tour Championship and eighth in the Championship.
the PGA, thus achieving eight top 10s. In this way, he finished ninth on the money list. In 2014, Johnson won the Tournament of Champions, was second at the John Deere Classic, third at the Humana Challenge, sixth at the Texas Open and eighth at the Hawaii Open.
With 12 top 25s in 26 tournaments played, the golfer finished 19th on the US circuit money list. The golfer triumphed in the 2015 British Open, after playing four playoff holes against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. He also finished third in the Quad Cities, fourth in the Barclays, fifth in the Byron Nelson Championship, sixth in Hartford, seventh in the Tournament of Champions, eighth in the Tour Championship and ninth in the Augusta Masters and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Therefore, he placed eighth on the PGA Tour money list.
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