Zach Johnson always has taken pride in being from Iowa. For evidence, one need look no further than the photo of him eating corn on the cob out of the Claret Jug that made the rounds on social media after he won the Open Championship at St. Andrews last summer.
Johnson’s home state returned the love on Wednesday, when the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame announced Johnson’s induction. The Hawkeye State shrine selected the 39-year-old Cedar Rapids product and Drake University graduate unanimously in his first year of eligibility.
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) January 20, 2016
Johnson, a 12-time PGA Tour winner, joined the multiple major club at St Andrews, adding the Claret Jug to the green jacket he donned for winning the 2007 Masters. His victory at the Home of Golf, which denied Jordan Spieth a shot at the Grand Slam, makes him worthy of World Golf Hall of Fame consideration down the road.
In Iowa, Johnson joins an honor roll that includes the late Jack Fleck, who shocked Ben Hogan to win the 1955 U.S. Open, not to mention Jack Rule Jr. and Steve Spray, the only Iowans besides Johnson and Fleck to win on the PGA Tour.