November 23, 2015

In an absolute smack down, Zach Johnson buries the upset-minded Jack Fleck. Fleck, form Davenport, did pull off one of history’s greatest shockers, his 1955 U.S. Open playoff win over Ben Hogan. But more wins proved hard to come by for Fleck; he has just one, in fact, at Phoenix in 1960. Native son Johnson was born in Iowa City, raised in Cedar Rapids and attended Regis High, where he led them to the 3A State Championship in 1992. Johnson then attended Drake University in Des Moines, contributing to two Missouri Valley Conference championships. As a pro, he captured back-to-back Iowa Opens in 2001 and 2002, led the Nationwide Tour with record earnings in 2003 and won in his rookie season on the PGA Tour at the 2004 BellSouth Classic in Atlanta. He’s never looked back. Johnson owns 12 PGA Tour titles, most prominently, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews. He lives in Sea Island, Ga., but he’s as rooted to Iowa as the cornstalks.