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Zach Johnson Nearly Bypasses John Deere Classic

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Golf wasn't the primary focus for Zach Johnson today, his heart was with fellow pro Jonathan Byrd...Immediately after the first round Zach flew to South Carolina to be with the 2007 John Deere Classic champion who recently lost his father....

Zach said, "I don't think I could've played with a sound mind this week with a late early tee time. Withdrawing was something that would've been really difficult but i don't think iIwould've played."

 

On the course, Zach was able to focus enough to put together a good opening round...This birdie putt on 5 put zach 3 under par through 14 holes...

With the largest gallery on the course following his every move---Zach gave himself a great chance to birdie on 6...But pushed a short putt...

"There was a couple putts that pretty much lied to me. I thought they were going one way and they went the other, I was pretty upset with that."

Another par on 7 kept Zach at 3 under...

On 8, Zach hit the beach and bogeyed to go fall back to minus 2...

Before flying south---Zach finished with a par...

"Can't win it on Thursday so I'm pleased with two under. I certainly had opportunities to go lower than that so..."

Zach is flying back tonight and says he will have enough rest before teeing off Friday at 11:57

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