May 24 2012
Watch: Johnson discusses 6-under 64
Zach Johnson spoke to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio after shooting a 64 in Thursday's first round at Colonial.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Zach Johnson shot a 6-under 64 at Colonial on Thursday. For most PGA TOUR pros, that would be cause for celebration.
For Johnson, it's becoming standard operating procedure.
In his last 13 rounds at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Johnson has shot 64 four times. And he's yet to shoot anything higher than a 69 in that stretch. The payoff has been one win (in 2010), a tie for fourth (2011) and a tie for ninth (2009).
His first-round bogey-free 64 on Thursday was the lowest score among the morning wave and put him atop the leaderboard.
Given his recent track record at Colonial, Johnson would seem to be more comfortable on this course than any other on the PGA TOUR. Right?
"Well, I don't know about that," he replied. "I will tell you for some reason this time of year, this week in particular, I've played well. I mean, last year I played great. I probably just as well as I did the year I won. But obviously David (Toms, eventual champion) played tremendous ...
"Yes, i do enjoy it. I do like it a lot. It suits my eye. But you still have to hit it good and you still have to putt it well."
Hard to imagine he could putt much better than he did Thursday. Starting his round off the 10th tee, Johnson dropped a 40-foot birdie bomb on the opening hole. Two holes later, he made a 9-foot putt to save par. He then followed by making four birdie putts of varying lengths between 14 and 22 feet.
After making the turn, he then birdied the par-4 third with a putt just inside 16 feet.
Johnson said making that 40-foot putt was "a little lucky ... you don't expect to make those." Still, it set a good tone.
"It just adds a little bit of confidence, I think," he said. "And obviously confidence can breed momentum."
Johnson said he was also lucky with a chip from the back collar at the par-3 fourth. The ball rolled up the face of the club but caught the edge of the fringe and released to 3-1/2 feet for his par-saver.
But having fortune on your side is never a bad thing -- not that Johnson really needs it on this course.
"Today was great," he said. "... I've got zero complaints."