When discussing hotheads on Tour, one name that is extremely unlikely to come up is the famously composed Zach Johnson. A two-time major champion (2007 Masters, 2015 Open Championship), Johnson has made a great living off his patience and equanimity.
Unfortunately, for Johnson, what appears to have been a weak moment may threaten that reputation. Johnson had a rough week at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, a tournament he has won twice, posting 67-75-75-70 (+7) which left him in a share of 63rd place.
During that third-round 75, the 41-year-old Iowan was put on the clock for slow play. Already frustrated, Johnson dumped all his clubs on the ground. A picture of the incident’s aftermath has gone viral.
Zach Johnson with a major meltdown after being put on the clock. Dumped all his clubs out of the bag! pic.twitter.com/KDJleSu8vC
— Michael Martin (@michaelmartinut) May 27, 2017
- The apparent tantrum occurred on the 12th hole of his third round three-over 75. A picture of the aftermatch shows Johnson walking off the green with his bag on the ground, and clubs strewn about.
- The incident is reported to have occurred shortly after Johnson was put on the clock for slow play.
- Johnson acknowledged the incident on twitter, and seemed to imply that it was not a tantrum, saying that his putter was stuck in his bag, and the rest of his clubs flew out when he got the putter unstuck.
- The 64th ranked golfer in the world, Johnson has two top 10s in 13 events this season: a T6 at the Sony Open and a T9 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Not my proudest moment yesterday. Putter was stuck, yanked it out, many clubs came out, frustrated for sure. Tap in double. Ugh.
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) May 28, 2017
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