It wasn't a bombers golf course, but a course where you had to set yourself up in the fairway to have a clear shot to the green. I like courses that you have to think your way around, and this course definitely required creativity and focus. The first hole of the day set up the tournament for my week for me though.
I pulled it left into a thicket of bushes. After evaluating my lie, I had to take a unplayable. I then proceeded to chunk my third shot, pitched the ball to fifteen feet, then drained the putt for bogey. From then on, it was smooth sailing. Making the putt for bogey pumped me up and I shot -2 for the day. The second day, I couldn't seem to miss a putt and got in a zone. Any opportunity I had to make birdie, it either lipped out or went in. By the time I reached the 18th hole, my playing partner asked me if I knew how many under I was.
To be honest, I had no idea. She looked at me said, "Make this last putt." I looked at my twelve footer, stepped over it and put a confident stroke, only for it to slide past the hole on the edge. I tapped in for par and my playing partner said, "Look at the scoreboard. You're leading the tournament." I was at a total of -8.
As one of the final groups of the day it was pretty much set in stone that I would lead the tournament going into the final day. Teen sensation Lydia Ko was only two strokes behind at -6 for the tournament. I did a few interviews after my round and one of the questions asked, "What has felt different the last couple days for you?" I answered, "I just feel calm. I've been working really hard to put myself in this position and it feels good to finally know that I can put myself in the position to win."
While my ball striking as improved over the last year, the biggest difference was with my putter. I had been putting okay for the last few weeks but not capitalizing on opportunities. So, I decided to do something that I had never done before: I drew a big cross on my ball to help me see the line better of where I was aiming. Doing this helped me not focus over the putt if I was aiming correctly, but instead on the speed of the putt. I averaged 27 putts per round for the week.
The night before the final round, I definitely felt nervous. More than anything though, I couldn't wait to get on the course and prove that I belonged in the final group.
When I arrived to the course the final day, thousands of New Zealanders were to support native Lydia Ko. This did not bother me in the least bit and I knew she and I would put on a good show. I stepped up to the first tee and striped my drive, and although it barely trickled into the fairway bunker it didn't bother me in the least bit. After I tapped in for par, I felt a calmness come over me. Over the next six holes I made two birdies and was -10 for the tournament. That's when it started to settle in that I really could win this and that's when the nerves started to kick in. I proceeded to three putt and miss a six-footer for par on 9.
I then birdied 10 to get back to -9 then three putted the following hole. I tried to stay out of my head and in the present and told myself to stay calm. Lydia was only one shot behind me and we were going back and forth. On holes 12,13,14,16,and 17, I made par putts ranging from four feet to twenty feet. I wasn't hitting it solid but I was confident with my putter. Lydia and I were both -8 going into the final hole, but someone had shot -9 under in the final round who had started the day at even par. Mi Hyang Lee played remarkable that day, and put Lydia and I in a position to birdie the last hole to force a playoff. I missed the green and knew I needed to chip in. It was a basic chip, from about 50 feet and I knew I could make it. I took dead aim and for a second I thought I had it, only to see it roll eight feet past the hole. It was then that it sunk in that I wouldn't win the tournament. I missed my par putt to drop to -7 and to finish at a tie for 3rd.
Overall though, while I didn't win, I learned so much from that week. I feel a sense of pride in myself for never giving up and I don't feel like I threw away the tournament. Three more shots for the week and I would have won. It finally has started to feel like all the parts of my game are coming together.
How good has Zach Johnson been over his last 14 starts on the PGA Tour, since the John Deere Classic last July, including 2 Majors and all 4 events in the FedEx Cup finals?
Lets compare his performance to par vs the other top 10 players in the world over the last 14 events each has played on the PGA Tour, as listed on the season stats of each player on the website PGATour.com.
Johnson’s cumulative score to par is 151 under over the 14 events, consisting of 56 rounds. Zach has made all 14 cuts, has 11 top 10’s in the 14 events, including 3 wins in that stretch.
Here is how the other top players in the world have fared over their last 14 events on the PGA Tour (not all players of course have the same 14 events).
1. World #1 Tiger Woods is 57 under par, vs. Zach’s 151 under par. 2. World #2 Adam Scott is 47 under par. 3. World #3 Henrik Stenson is 49 under par. 4. World #4 Phil Mickelson is 35 under par 5. World #5 Justin Rose is 52 under par 6. World #6 Zach Johnson is 151 under par 7. World #7 Rory McIlroy is 10 under par 8. World #8 Matt Kuchar is 64 under par 9. World #9 Sergio Garcia is 37 under par 10. World #10 Jason Day is 27 under par
To put it another way, the other 9 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are a total of 378 under par in their last 14 events on the PGA Tour, or an average of 42 under par. At 151 under par, Zach is over 3.5 times the average in terms of cumulative under par. In fact his 151 under par represents 29% of the total under par of the top 10 in the World Rankings!
Golf.se, a Swedish golf magazine did a recent putter article.
Storyn bakom Zachs superputter
Skrivet av den 28 januari 2014 01:45.
Det är ju alltid vanskligt att utse ”världens just nu hetaste golfspelare”, men om vi ändå ska röra oss åt det hållet måste ju Zach Johnson finnas med bland favoritkandidaterna. Några av er kanske har märkt att Johnson när han vinner sällan (Bloggen vågar inte drista sig till att säga aldrig, men i officiella sammanhang är det synnerligen sällsynt) tackar SeeMore, företaget som tillverkat den putter Johnson med framgång använt i över tio år. Titleist och FootJoy nämns dock ofta i tacktal efter segrar med mera. Anledningen? SeeMore betalar inte en enda dollar för att Johnson ska pendla deras putter.
Nu ska det förstås sägas att Johnson, även om han inte kan tacka puttertillverkaren officiellt, så att säga ”betalar tillbaka” SeeMore genom att låta de använda honom i sin marknadsföring och som han spelar (och puttar) just nu så är det knappast en dålig deal för SeeMores del.
En intressant detalj i sammanhanget är också att Johnson använt samma SeeMore-putter, en FGP Tour Original, sen tidigt 2000-tal och att den funnits i bagen vid samtliga elva PGA Tour-segrar.
Men det händer att han byter till en likadan modell med jämna mellanrum.
Posted by January 28, 2014 01:45. (translated by using Google Translate)
It's always risky to nominate "the world's hottest golfer," but if we still should move us in that direction must surely Zach Johnson is the favorite among the candidates. Some of you may have noticed that Johnson when he rarely win (blog dare not venture to say never, but officially, it is extremely rare) thank Seemore, the company that manufactured the putter Johnson successfully used for over ten years. Titleist and FootJoy are mentioned often in the acceptance speech after winning more. The reason? Seemore not pay a single dollar for Johnson will commute their putter.
Now, of course, said that Johnson, although he can not thank putter manufacturer officially, so to say "pay back" Seemore by allowing the use him in their marketing and as he plays (and putts) right now so it's hardly a bad deal for SeeMores part.
An interesting detail here is that Johnson used the same Seemore putter, a FGP Original Tour, since the early 2000s and that it existed in the bag at all eleven PGA Tour victories.
But it happens that he switches to a similar model at regular intervals.
6th Ranked Player in World Continues Torching PGA Tour with SeeMore Milled FGP putter
151 Under Par in last 14 Events!!!
SeeMore congratulates its most visible putter user for extending one of the great hot streaks in PGA Tour history. His 10 under par final round; including making birdie putts on his last 5 holes, was the lowest round of the tournament. His 25 under final score means that over his last 14 events with his SeeMore FGP putter, he has 3 wins, and top 10 11 of 14 finishes, and is an unfathomable 151 under par. His scoring average over his last 60 competitive rounds is a stunning 68.2. For the 2014 wrap around season he is now 4th in FedEx points, 4th in money, 4th in scoring average. His final round scoring of these 14 events is 68, 65, 66, 68, 68, 67, 72, 68, 67, 67, 68, 66, 69, and 62. The 13 of 14 final rounds are in the 60’s with average of 67.2.
SeeMore Putter Co. congratulates new world #6 for another top 8 finish
(Franklin, TN - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) The SeeMore Putter Company remains in the tour news every week thanks to the player now ranked #6 in the World. His top 8 finish at the Sony Open means that 11 of his last 14 PGA Tour events have resulted in top 8 finishes, with 3 wins and over $4.5 million in earnings during that time. The 3 wins in that stretch include the 2013 BMW Championship, the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, and the year opening 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. During those 14 events, the player, using his precision tour milled black FGP SeeMore putter, is an unbelievable 126 under par in total.