Zach Johnson Meltdown Goes Viral

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.


  • 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.


Content originally appeared as part of the Daily Rundown.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer.


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