2016 Zach Johnson Foundation Classic: Everything you need to know

Schedule, Golfers, What to watch for

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UPDATE: The sixth annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic raised more than $930,000 for Johnson's charity, Kids on Course. Check our our coverage:

• Classic draws stars, spectators, sunshine in abundant supply

 Hlas: At 50, John Daly is still John Daly

• LPGA stars give ZJF Classic rave reviews

• Duck Dynasty brothers draw a large following

• Photo Gallery

 

 


 

Tickets

Free and available at Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee stores.

Location

Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids

 

Parking

Shuttles available at the Kennedy High School north lot and Mount Mercy University, starting at 7:30 a.m.

 

Schedule

8 a.m. — Gates open to spectators

9 a.m. — PGA Tour Skills Contest on driving range

10:15 a.m. — Shotgun start

3:45 p.m. — Awards presentation

 

What to Watch For

1. Zach Johnson, meet Zach Johnson. Elmcrest just unveiled a statue of the two-time major champion — a perfect photo op.

2. Sun! Last year's event was delayed and cut to nine holes due to poor weather, but there's no rain in the forecast this year.

3. The pros. Obviously a natural draw, the chance to see and often meet some of the best golfers in the world right here in Cedar Rapids. As columnist Mike Hlas wrote last year, realize what an opportunity it is that guys like phenom Jordan Spieth show up.

 

4. The personalities. Plenty to choose from again, like local Bachelor Chris Soules. Keep an eye on Alfonso Ribeiro — you never know when the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" favorite will bring back The Carlton.

Even PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler brings a flair unique to golf.

5. John Daly's pants. He's gotta have something in store.

 

Meet the Pros

Zach Johnson

Age: 40
Hometown: Cedar Rapids (born in Iowa City)
PGA Tour Wins: 12
World Ranking: 18
Career Highlights: The defending British Open champion, Johnson is coming off a career-best eighth-place finish at the U.S. Open ... His beset finish this year was fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational ... He has four Top 10 and seven Top 25 finishes in 16 events this year and has earned more than $1.2 million ... Johnson turned pro in 1998, won his first PGA Tour title in 2004 (BellSouth Classic), captured the Masters in 2007 and has earned nearly $40 million ... He also owns wins at the Valero Texas Open twice, the BMW Championship and the John Deere Classic.

Jim Furyk

Age: 46
Hometown: West Chester, Pa.
PGA Tour Wins: 17
World Golf Ranking: 19
Career Highlights: Has played in only five events this year, but is coming off a second-place finish at the U.S. Open, where he shot a 66 on the final day ... He won the RBC Heritage last season ... Won three times in 2010, including the Tour Championship ... Captured the U.S. Open in 2003 ... Turned pro in 1992, he has 30 runner-up finishes, 180 Top 10s and 310 Top 25s in his career ... He has played on seven Presidents Cup and nine Ryder Cup teams ... Has earned more than $66 million.

Carlota Ciganda

Age: 26
Hometown: Pamplona, Spain
LPGA Tour Wins: 0
Rolex Ranking: 35
Career Highlights: Started golf at age 5 and qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt ... Turned pro in 2011 after winning the 2007 British Amateur Championship and the 2004 and 2008 European Championship ... Made the cut in 19 of 25 events last year and earned $404,849, finishing second at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational after a career-low 63 in the final round ... She has played in 13 events in 2016, making the cut in 11 and placing second at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give ... She has earned $339,932 this year ... Has seven career Top 10s and has earned more than $1.5 million in her career.

Jordan Spieth

Age: 22
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
PGA Tour Wins: 8
World Golf Ranking: 2
Career Highlights: Has played in 14 events this year, with two wins (Hyundai Tournament of Champions and DEAN & DELUCA Invitational) and finished second at the Masters ... Won five times in 2015, three years after turning pro ... won the Masters, U.S. Open and his second John Deere Classic title last year ... won his first tournament in 2013 (John Deere Classic) ... In 97 career starts, he has made the cut 80 times and has 37 Top 10 finishes, 62 Top 25s and has earned more than $24 million.

Azahara Munoz

Age: 28
Hometown: Malaga, Spain
LPGA Tour Wins: 1
Rolex Ranking: 40
Career Highlights: Started playing golf at the age of 8 and won the Spanish Amateur Championship in 2002 and was runner-up in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2008 ,,, Won NCAA title at Arizona State in 2008 and led her team to national title in 2009 ... She turned pro in 2009 and was the 2010 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year ... She won the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship ... She earned $504,100 last year, making the cut in 21 of 23 events with five Top 10 finishes ... Has earned more than $4.3 million in her career with 35 Top 10 finishes.

John Daly

Age: 50
Hometown: Carmichael, Calif.
PGA Tour Wins: 5
World Golf Ranking: 1,116
Career Highlights: Turned pro in 1987, he has played in 519 tournaments on the PGA Tour, winning $10.2 million ... joined the PGA Champions Tour this year and has played in five events, winning $79,333, finishing in the top 25 in both events ... Has 35 career Top 10 finishes, including wins at the 1991 PGA Championship (his first career win) and the 1995 British Open ... his last PGA Tour victory was at the 2004 Buick Invitational ... His best Champions Tour finish is 15th at the Regions Tradition.

Ryan Palmer

Age: 39
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
PGA Tour Wins: 3
World Golf Ranking: 62
Career Highlights: Has two Top 10 finishes in 16 starts this year, making the cut in 14 ... Placed third at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and fourth at the Valero Texas Open ... Won his first PGA Tour title in 2004 (FUNAI Classic) and captured the 2010 Sony Open ... Turned pro in 2000 and owns eight runner-up finishes, 45 Top 10s, 94 Top 25s and has earned more than $20 million

Gerina Pilller

Age: 31
Hometown: Roswell, N.M.
LPGA Tour Wins: 0
Rolex Ranking: 16
Career Highlights: Turned pro in 2007 and joined the LPGA Tour in 2010, has 29 Top 10 finishes and has earned nearly $2.7 million in her career ... Ranks 12th on this year’s money list at $559,762, tying for 12th at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, tying for second at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout and tying for third at the Kingsmill Championship and Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic ... Played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team last year, posting a 3-0-1 record ... Played collegiately at Texas-El Paso and was the 2007 Conference USA medalist, Player of the Year and UTEP Athlete of the Year.

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Rickie Fowler

Age: 27
Hometown: Murrieta, Calif.
PGA Tour Wins: 3
World Golf Ranking: 6
Career Highlights: Turned pro in 2009 and won his first PGA Tour title in 2012 (Wells Fargo Championship) ... also won the The Players Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship last season ... Has played in 15 events this year, making the cut in 10 with a runner-up finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open ... Has missed the cut in his last three events, but tied for fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship in May ... Started golf at age 3 and was a serious dirt-bike racer until giving it up before his freshman year in high school after an accident ... Has played in 167 career events with 46 Top 10 finishes, 74 Top 25s and career earnings of more than $23 million

Read More: Fowler brings unique personality to ZJF Classic

 

Start List

1A Jordan Niebrugge (First-year pro)

1B Zach Johnson (World No. 18)

2A Mallory Blackwelder (Rolex No. 1,020)

2B Gerina Piller (Rolex No. 15)

3 Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty)

4A Ben Higgins (The Bachelor)

4B Carlota Ciganda (Rolex No. 54)

5 Rickie Fowler (World No. 6)

6 Ryan Brehm (World No. 628)

7A Kyle Stanley (World No. 300)

7B Danan Hughes (BTN/Former Iowa football player)

8 Denny McCarthy (Second-year pro)

9A Sara Brown (Golf Channel)

9B Patrick Rodgers (World No. 151)

10 Jordan Spieth (World No. 2)

11A Chris Soules (The Bachelor)

11B Al Robertson (Duck Dynasty)

12 Sara Jane Smith (Rolex No. 189)

13A Jim Furyk (World No. 19)

13B Dallas Clark (Former Iowa football player)

14 Azahara Munoz (Rolex No. 44)

15A Mark Wilson (World No. 420)

15B Alfonso Ribeiro (Actor)

16A John Daly (Champions Tour)

16B Riley Smith (Actor/Singer)

17 Chris Tomlin (Singer)

18 Ryan Palmer (World No. 62)

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