Zach Johnson is the New Baby Faced Chicken Killer 

Larry Nelson has passed the torch and Zach Johnson has picked it up. Another thing he picked up yesterday was the Claret Jug.

Here we are in 2015, where the world and everyone in it moves at a million miles per hour. The technological boom over the last half century which continually attempts to position itself in the light of making life easier and less stressful has truly accomplished the opposite. Everybody is racing.

We want it now, we want it fast, and we certainly don’t have have time to relax and smell the roses. We don’t have time cause we’ll get passed up by the next guy.

Then comes along a man with a demeanor that would scare the Dalai Lama, who reels in a check for $1.8m.  

ZJ stands at 5’11”, and weighs about as much a small barbecue grill. His swing speed is 107, and on average, he pokes it 280 off the tee. I know what you’re thinking, “I’d love to hit it 280 off the tee!” 

Not on Tour you wouldn’t. Maybe at your home track when the pins are cut dead center and you tee it up from 6500 for a couple beers after the round, sure.

Zach’s got a scoring average of 69.8, and a putting average of 28.  And you’ve barely heard of the guy. But that’s not because he’s unwinning. It’s because he’s an anomaly out there. 

Remember the 2007 Masters? The man plays to his strengths. He layed up on every par five and yet, scored a wily 11-under on those holes alone. I remember thinking then, where did this guy come from?

ZJ can go low….quietly and efficiently plotting his way from tee to approach. And he’s absolutely stoic with a wedge and putter. All of a sudden you’re down 4 and it feels like you’ve been bitten by an angry mosquito. He’d be a great spokesperson for those ultra quiet hybrid vehicles that sneak up on you in parking lots. 

#Toyota, you should get on that.

He’s soft-spoken and strategic. He’s a scientist that knows exactly what he’s doing and when the right moment strikes, he dons that lab coat & glasses and gets to mixing. But he doesn’t tell anyone about it. Not before, not during, not after. That’s a pretty notable quality.

But what’s really special about Zach is that although he wins at some of golf’s greatest stages, he stays true to himself and his beliefs. He’s a great ambassador to the game of golf, and proves again that there are many ways to skin the cat. 

“I’m just a guy from Iowa.” Yes you are Zach. And congrats on the win, you crafty son of a gun. 

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