EAST MOLINE, Illinois
The win was Johnson's first major championship victory and his second win since joining the PGA Tour fulltime in 2004. It was his third time playing in The Masters. He shot rounds of 71-73-76-69 for a 1-over par 289 and a two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini.
"On behalf of the John Deere Classic board, the tournament staff, and Deere & Company, I want to congratulate Zach Johnson on his inspiring victory in The Masters earlier today," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. "Throughout his career Zach has exemplified the traditional Midwestern values of grit, patience and determination that served him so well this week at Augusta."
Johnson birdied holes 13, 14, and 16, and made a brilliant up-and-down on the final hole to seal his victory.
The 31-year-old native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa joined the John Deere Classic board of directors in 2005 and is scheduled to serve at least through 2008. He also became a member of the PGA Tour Players Advisory Council in 2005.
"Zach was invited to become a member of the John Deere Classic executive board in order to make sure that the players' voices are heard, as we continually try to think of ways to improve the tournament," Peterson said. "With Zach having grown up in Cedar Rapids and with his affection for and loyalty to the John Deere Classic, it made sense for us to invite to join the board. He really has made some valuable contributions."
Johnson regularly "attends" executive board meetings via telephone either from his home in Lake Mary, Florida or from wherever he might be on Tour during a given week.
A graduate of Drake University, Johnson majored in business while competing on the golf team. He turned professional in 1998. He played on the mini-tours, winning on the Prairie Tour and the Tear Drop Tour. He won the Iowa State Open in 2001 and 2002. He was the leading money winner on the Hooters Tour in 2001, where he won the Tour's last three events and earned Player of the Year honors.
In 2002 and 2003, he received sponsor exemptions to play in the John Deere Classic, where his fans brightened the gallery with yellow "Zach Attack" t-shirts.
In 2003, Johnson was leading money winner and Player of the Year on the Nationwide Tour, earning the right to play regularly on the PGA Tour in 2004. As a rookie, he won the former Bell South Classic in Atlanta, heretofore his only PGA Tour victory.
In 2006, Johnson played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
"He played beautifully," said four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods after finishing second to Johnson. "He did what he needed to do. He's very straight, very accurate and he's one of the best putters out here. It was the hardest Masters I've ever seen."
Johnson and his wife, Kim, had their first child, Will, in January.