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Monday, 20 July 2015
Zach Johnson  walks over the Swilcan Bridge on his way to victory  (Getty Images)
Zach Johnson walks over the Swilcan Bridge on his way to victory (Getty Images)
MONDAY JULY 20, 2015 – THE 144TH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

• His second European Tour International Schedule victory in his 75th European Tour event.

• Moved to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 25th. 

• His first European Tour International Schedule victory since the 2007 Masters Tournament

• This is a gap of eight years and 103 days between European Tour victories.

• This victory beats his previous best 2015 European Tour performance of tied ninth at the Masters Tournament.

• His second Major Championship victory comes in his 46th Major Championship appearance.

• This victory comes in his 12th appearance in The Open Championship.

• This victory beats his previous best Open Championship performance of tied sixth in 2013.

• This victory is his eighth top ten performance of his Major Championship career.

• Is the third successive American victory in the 2015 Major Championships. They are: Jordan Spieth (Masters Tournament and U.S. Open Championship) and Zach Johnson (The 144th Open Championship).

• Is the 81st different player to record multiple Major Championship victories.

• Since 1964 joins Tony Lema (1964), Jack Nicklaus (1970 and 1978), John Daly (1995) and Tiger Woods (2000 and 2005) as American players to win the Open Championship at St Andrews.

• Becomes the second consecutive American victory on The European Tour, following Rickie Fowler (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open).

• Becomes the 14th player to win the Masters Tournament and Open Championship



OTHER FACTS

• Becomes the 203rd American victory in European Tour history.

• Becomes the fifth American victory on the 2015 European Tour. They are: Dustin Johnson (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Jordan Spieth (Masters Tournament and U.S. Open Championship), Rickie Fowler (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open) and Zach Johnson (The 144th Open Championship).

• Played in 34 Major Championships between his two victories, including The 2015 Open Championship.

• Gains an exemption into The Open Championship until the age of 60.

• Gains a five year exemption into the U.S. Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

• Gains a place in the 2015 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

• Wins in the first St Andrews play-off since John Daly beat Costantino Rocca in 1995.

• Wins the first three man play-off since Paul Lawrie beat Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde in 1999.
 

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