PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Zach Johnson, who won The Masters in 2007 and whose consistent recent play has allowed him to rise to a No. 6 World Ranking, has committed to play in the 2014 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 24-March 2 at PGA National Resort & Spa.Johnson joins a growing field which already includes fellow Top 10 Adam Scott, who is ranked second in the World Golf Rankings and 16th-ranked Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champ who also won the RBC Heritage Classic in 2013. Commitments have also come in this week from 23rd-ranked Thomas Bjorn, 24th-ranked Hideki Matsuyama, 36th-ranked Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, 41st-ranked Patrick Reed, 49th-ranked Chris Kirk, Robert Allenby, Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink, Erik Compton, Retief Goosen, Dudley Hart, Trevor Immelman, 2011 Honda champ Rory Sabbatini, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir and 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson. Johnson is coming off a stretch in which he won three times in six starts. The hot streak actually began in July and August when he finished second at the John Deere Classic, sixth at the British Open, fourth at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational, eighth at the PGA Championship and fifth at the Wyndham Championship. But the run hit full force in mid-September when Johnson captured the BMW Championship, then beat Tiger Woods in a playoff at the World Challenge in December that officially is part of the 2014 schedule. Then Johnson won the Tournament of Champions in early January in Hawaii by making four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine on Sunday at the first full-field event of the year. "I never would have thought that. I don't have dreams of that caliber," Johnson said of rising to No. 6 in the world. "I don't dwell on that kind of thing. I just try to play and try to get better, because God knows I can get better at this game too." Johnson is an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR, known by his peers as the ultimate grinder who makes the most out of a great short game. Eight of those 11 victories have been come-from-behind triumphs. "I like fighting back," Johnson said. "I like trying to fight to get to that win. I think the main reason is because there are so many good players out here. So even though I might be playing as good as everybody else or potentially even better, it's just hard. I mean, a bump here and a roll there, that's what this game is all about. "But I'm comfortable there. I don't mind having to do that. I hope there is an opportunity where I have a significant shot lead that I can maintain at some point, because that hasn't happened very often. I think my first win I had a lead, and I think I only won by a shot. So the one thing my wife continues to say is why can't you just make it easier on us? Sorry, Honey, but it's just hard. There are too many good players out here." Johnson and many of those great players will be joining each other in the 2014 Honda Classic.
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