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September 15 2012

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FedExCup preview: Zach Johnson

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Zach Johnson, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Johnson to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes in a 3-way tie for 3rd or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes 3rd or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes T-2 or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes 2nd* or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Johnson won twice during the Regular Season, accomplishing the feat for the third time in his career and bringing his career victory total to nine. He also posted two runner-up finishes -- the second of which came at THE PLAYERS, two weeks before he won the Crowne Plaza Invitational for the second time in three years. His win at the John Deere Classic (where he serves on the board of directors) was the closest thing Johnson ever has to a home game, and he capped the year by earning a spot on his good friend Davis Love III's Ryder Cup team. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Johnson's results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

T-38

T-47

T-12

FEC ranking after event

5th

8th

9th

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Johnson has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

40th

17th

6th

131st

7th

EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is Johnson's sixth start in the TOUR Championship, and his first since 2010, when he tied for ninth after carding rounds of 66-67 on the weekend. Since the FedExCup began in 2007, Johnson's best finish at East Lake is a tie for second in 2007, when he posted a sizzling 60 in the third round.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Johnson:
I watched Zach shoot 60 at East Lake in the third back in 2007, so obviously it's a good course for him. Zach moved his hands slightly more forward at address while putting and it's keyed a great season. The movement is so slight, I can't see it but I can see the improved results with a pair of victories this year.

WATCH: Johnson finally captures John Deere Classic

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Zach Johnson

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Johnson will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

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