Johnson Captures The Masters

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31-year-old Orlando, FL resident Zach Johnson slipped his arms into the silk sleeves of the Green Jacket on Sunday. Zach did so by holding off the greatest player in the world, Tiger Woods, surviving one of the toughest courses in the world, and proved that dreams do come true. More than a few players walked to the first tee this week shaking their heads, knowing before they teed off their chances were – gone with the wind. The hazards had their fill – almost to overflowing — of golf balls. It was a week when players put their heads down and plowed ahead.

The best round of the tournament was 69, shot twice on Sunday (Zach being one of them) and it got so bad on Saturday that Retief Goosen’s 70 was considered a modern day miracle. This Masters will certainly go down as one of the toughest on record. "The one where Augusta had her way with the players; where Tiger had the chance to break his never-has-won-a-major-from-behind streak." But in the more obvious sense, it was really a Masters like every other, in that it came down to the back nine on the final day. The keys to that success on the back nine were perseverance, patience, hitting the shots, making the putts and the one person who did that the best was Mr. Zach Johnson.

Through Zach’s strong faith and belief in himself, he overcame insane odds, a difficult course and the most mentally tough golfer in the world. Zach did his best to seal his own fate with a miraculous chip off the green to within a few inches of the hole to save par on 18. After that the golf world watched as Tiger sealed Johnson’s immortal place in the record books with an uncharacteristic missed birdie putt on 16 and a second shot on 17 that fell short of the green and into the bunker.

Zach Johnson didn’t back into this Masters; he grabbed it by the throat – doing what the best players in the world could not do. In his final round Zach wore the Flak Jacket XLJ Metallic Blue w/G30 lenses, in addition he also wears the Half Jacket XLJ. This was the first time Oakley’s were worn by the winner of the Masters, congratulations Zach!

Author

Staff Writer

Date

April 10, 2007