Johnson headed to MVC Hall of Fame

AP FILE PHOTO - Zach Johnson wave to the gallery after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the RSM Classic golf tournament on Nov. 22, 2020, in St. Simons Island, Ga.

ST. LOUIS — Former Drake University golfer and PGA major winner Zach Johnson will join the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the league announced on Tuesday.

Johnson is a 12-time PGA Tour winner, which has included two majors: the 2007 Masters and 2015 Open Championship. At the time, Johnson became only the sixth golfer to win majors at Augusta and St. Andrews, joining Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, and Tiger Woods.

Before turning pro in 1998, Johnson helped the Drake Bulldogs to three NCAA regionals and two MVC Championships. He earned MVC Golfer of the Week five times in his collegiate career and earned selection to the MVC’s All-Centennial Men’s Golf Team, announced May 2007 in conjunction with the MVC’s Centennial Celebration.

In 2003, he topped the money list on the Nationwide Tour with then-record earnings of $494,882, earning an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. He won his first PGA TOUR event at the 2004 BellSouth Classic outside of Atlanta. Johnson qualified for the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team, finishing 9th on the U.S. points list. In 2004, he became the second player in TOUR history to surpass $2 million in earnings in his rookie season.

As a professional, Johnson has recorded 83 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR.

A native of Iowa City, Johnson has been a member of five Ryder Cup teams (2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2006) and four Presidents Cup teams (2015, 2013, 2009, 2007). And in 2023, Johnson will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup squad against the Europe team in Rome. Johnson has recorded more than $48 million in career earnings, and he currently ranks 12th among active PGA professionals in career earnings. He has finished in the top 10 in earnings five times in his career.

In July 2010, he established the Zach Johnson Foundation, which invested $1 million in May 2011 to establish Kids on Course, a pilot program at two elementary schools in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Johnson was honored with Drake’s “Double D” Award in 2011 for his tremendous success in his field and impact he has made in the community. Johnson was the Payne Stewart Award winner in 2020.

Zach and Kim have three children, Will, Wyatt and Abby Jane (AJ) and reside in St. Simons Island, Ga.

The league will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the MVC Men’s Basketball Championship in St. Louis on March 2-5. The March 3 festivities will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast followed by the induction ceremony at 8:30 a.m.  Tickets to the 2023 Hall of Fame event can be obtained by contacting the league office at (314) 444-4300.


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