Who’s the best player in the game right now? It’s a question we often ask. It seems we are always striving to attach a label to a particular player and I will oblige here. So who is the best player in golf right now? Tiger? Phil? Henrik Stenson? Probably one of those guys. It’s tough to say for sure.
One label I can apply with confidence, however, is most underrated player. That goes to Zach Johnson. Sure, he’s not flashy. He’s not controversial. He’s not a huge personality. But he is good. He’s really, really good. And he just keeps plugging along with little fanfare. That seems to suit Zach Johnson well as he has become one of the best players in the world without being at the top of mind for most fans.
With his win yesterday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Johnson captured his 11th career title. Take out guys like Phil and Tiger, and that is a potentially hall of fame career. When he burst on the scene at the Master’s in 2007, many thought he was a flash in the pan. A fluke major champion. But Zach has worked on his game and made himself into one of the most consistent golfers on the planet. Sure he’s not as long as many of the bigger names on Tour, but he keeps it in play and his wedges are downright deadly. Like I said, he’s really good, you guys.
So what’s next for Zach Johnson? Well, he’s already won in 2014 and could be a factor in several events this Spring. But I am looking forward to Augusta (as I am sure most golf fans are.) Is there any reason Johnson shouldn’t be mentioned among the favorites for the Master’s? I don’t think so. He’s won it before and he can certainly do it again this year.
This could be a big year for Zach. Maybe now he will get a little more credit.
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