Zach Johnson, one of three children born to a chiropractor and a homemaker, played different sports before he found golf. After he found home and passion in the sport, he pursued a professional career and wrote his name in the record books forever.
Although he might not have books and films made after his life like other golf icons like Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson has used to sport to set up a comfortable life for himself, acquire a substantial net worth, and build a happy family life.
Zach Johnson’s Road To A Professional Career
Zach Johnson was involved in sports like baseball, basketball, football, and soccer before deciding to pursue his professional career in golf. At the age of 10, Zach began to take golf a lot more seriously than all the other sports he had dabbled in. He joined Elmcrest Country Club to develop his skills better in the game.
He played number two on Regis High School golf team leading them to Iowa 3A championship during his sophomore year in 1992. Upon graduation, he went on to Drake University in Des Moines, where he became the number two player on the school golf team called the Bulldogs. He played well and led them to three NCAA regional meets and two Missouri Valley championships, and this became the turning point in his golf career.
He was not the best player in the team, but his exploits with the Bulldogs helped him turn professional by 1998, after which he played for several tour circuits like Prairie Golf Tour, Buy.com Tour, and Hooters Tour, among others.
His Life As A Pro Golf Player
Johnson toiled in the developmental and minor leagues for six seasons until his breakthrough came in 2003 when he won Player of the Year honors on the Nationwide Tour to earn his tour card, which in turn earned him a spot on the PGA tour.
Zach Johnson won his first PGA Tour in the 2004 BellSouth Classic finishing one stroke ahead of Mark Hensby. The victory catapulted him from an Official World Golf Ranking of #126 to #49. His first major title win came in 2007 at the Masters’ Tournament in Augusta when he beat Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini by a margin of two strokes that catapulted his world ranking from #56 to #15. He also became the first-ever player outside #50 to have won the title.
His Masters’s victory went a long way in opening doors and taking him places. He went ahead to win several other golf tours like the AT&T Classic, Valero Texas Open, and the Sony Open in Hawaii, among others. Barely six weeks after he became #15, Johnson won for the third time on tour at the 2007 AT&T Classic in a playoff over Ryuji Imada. This win upped his world ranking from #15 to #13.
Johnson got to #10 in World Ranking after winning the BMW Championship and FedEx Cup in 2013. He also won over Tiger Woods in a playoff at Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Another of Zach Johnson’s major achievements was recording the 44th hole in one in the US Open history at the 2014 US Open.
He followed up this achievement with victory at the 2015 Open Championship, adding another feather to his cap. He became the sixth person to hoist the claret jug at St. Andrews and win the Masters.
As the years passed, Zach Johnson slipped in the rankings, back to #126, suggesting his time as a professional player in the sport might be coming to an end. If it is, it would be an admirable career, having recorded 26 professional wins, 12 of which came from the PGA Tour. He was also named the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year in 2003.
How He Acquired His Small Fortune
Zach Johnson’s first significant victory as a golfer earned him $500. Today, according to several reliable sources, the Iowa-born pro golfer has garnered around $45.4 million in golf earnings. With his combined income from sponsors and brand endorsements, the golfer has amassed a personal net worth of $25 million.
His exact earnings from endorsements are unknown, but over the years, the golfer has seen a few brands sign on in his corner. He is signed to Titleist, a golf equipment company, and the sunglasses company, Oakley. Other sponsors include FootJoy, NetJets, BMW, and EA Sports.
Inside Zach Johnson’s Philanthropic Family Life
Perhaps in recognition of his humble beginnings, Zach Johnson dedicates a significant part of his fortune to charity. Johnson does several non-profit works through The Zach Johnson Foundation alongside his wife, Kim Barclay, and the rest of their family. The foundation, according to the family, is dedicated to helping children and families in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and it has been doing that faithfully.
Some of the foundation’s programs include Birdies That Care – to help provide college scholarships to those in need, Kids on the Course – assisting children in realizing opportunities in the classroom and the Johnson Foundation Classic. Johnson and his wife once created a program that raised over $700,000 for community agencies dedicated to helping children who are in need.
Zach and Kim Barclay got married in 2003. The couple reportedly met in a Florida parking lot in 2000. Unbeknownst to both of them, they lived in the same apartment complex, and their chance encounter quickly led to a relationship. At the time, Kim was a public officer who worked in social services. She is also a sociology graduate of Stetson University.
Although he was a Catholic, Zach joined Kim’s church, First Baptist Church, before they got married in 2003. Since the pro-golfer walked the aisle with his wife, they have given birth to three children, two sons, Will and Wyatt, and a daughter, Abby Jane. Their son, Will, was born three months after Zach won the Masters in 2007. Zach Johnson and his family live in St. Simons, Georgia.