Zach Johnson: Heartland Hero

The smartest thing I ever did? Ask my wife Kim to marry me. I got down on one knee. The luckiest thing ever was her saying yes.

I like watching TV, primarily sports but I'm addicted to Lost. My sister-in-law told Kim and me we had to see it. We caught up by watching 25 episodes in four days. It was ridiculous.

I graduated from college in '98 and just hit the road. From '98 to '03 I didn't have a house. I stayed with my parents in Iowa in the off-season.

I'm not a black-diamond skier, but Stewart Cink and Ben Crane gave me a new nickname: Double Black Zack. Ben is very good. We go to Colorado every year with the Cranes and the Cinks and whoever else wants to go. The more the merrier.

Nothing intimidates me, but I hate driving in L.A. There's no rhyme or reason to the streets and from the golf course to my hotel, just under three miles, it took me an hour and a half. I also got a flat tire on the interstate. The people from the tournament came and got me.

I had someone ask me if in the off-season I wouldn't mind teaching lessons in my spare time — for free. Another woman asked my wife what we do the other 51 weeks of the year, like we play just her hometown tournament.

I'm a dog person. We have a Yorkie terrier named Hogan and my parents have two shih tzus. I hate cats more than just being allergic to them. They're sneaky.

I need to cut down on my "others." Every facet of my game needs to improve this year. I didn't drive it as well in 2005 as I did in 2004.

Kim and I took our RV to two-thirds of the tournaments in 2005. It's 45 feet long. Kim loves it. The TV is 43 inches.

I like to follow college football and basketball recruiting, which is pretty nerdy, getting on the web sites and looking at the good high school prospects. I'd like to be a recruiting analyst.

I drive a BMW M3. I don't like being passed. I got busted for speeding once and told my wife, who said, "Why didn't you mention who your father-in-law was?" He was a state trooper in Florida. Eventually he saw the ticket and who the officer was and said, "Oh, I know him," and next thing you know I'm off the ticket.

My wife is the US Weekly reader, not me, but I'll go out on a limb and say no, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are not getting back together.

In college I signed an incorrect card and got disqualified. I'd shot a big number, like a 79 and signed for a 78. And I bent my putter out of frustration on the Nationwide tour in 2003. Other than that I haven't done anything stupid on the course.

I don't like spending money on anything, but I'll pay for good food. I don't shop for clothes. Kim gets 'em or they're given to me.

Stewart Cink is the best guy on Tour to play with. He picked me to play in the Algarve World Cup. I was fortunate and honored.

I'd like to be remembered as a good guy, someone that everybody wants to hang around with, a guy who's gritty and never gives up

 

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