Richard S. Johnson
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
Richard S. Johnson was born in Stockholm and joined the US PGA Tour in 2003. His grandfather is an American who married a Swede and settled in Sweden which may explain why Johnson bases himself in the US. Started golf at 15 as his girlfriend's family played but did not enjoy it until neighbours, who practised in the back yard, went away - and he decided to hit some shots. Our biog photo of Johnson was taken at the PODS Championship at the Innisbrook Resort in March 2007
A bit of a daredevil as a teenager, he played handball at a high level in Sweden and competed in the Swedish skateboarding championships. He suffered seven broken ribs, a hand and a foot over the years, so decided to give it up.
Made his European Tour breakthrough by winning the ANZ Championship in Sydney in 2002 on his way to finishing in a career-best position of 64th on the Volvo Order of Merit. He ended the season by winning his card on the US PGA Tour through the Qualifying School in California.
Had his best year ever in 2006, finishing 50th on the US Money list helped by top-10 places at the BellSouth Classic (7th) at Shell Houston (6th) – and most notably, 2nd at the Bank of America Colonial where he lost to Tim Herron in the playoff. Johnson’s $648,000 runner’s up cheque was, however, his biggest pay day ever until 2008.
Richard now plays all of his golf on the US PGA Tour and 2008 was a very mixed year for the Swede. Only making 9 cuts from 21 starts he managed to win the US Bank Championship. An opening round of 63 tailed with a 64 in the final round help him to his first PGA Tour victory. Thankful of this victory and the exemption it brings as he did not quite do enough to retain his card the traditional way. He finished the season in 119th place on the PGA Tour Money List.
Richard S. Johnson Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Richard S. Johnson throughout his career
Richard S. Johnson Tournament History
2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational
15-18 March - Arnold Palmer Invitational - Bay Hill Clubs and Lodge. After three runners-up spots at Bay Hill, Vijay Singh finally put the doubts to rest by banking the $990,000 first prize – and logging the 31st win of his career – in doing so equalling Harry Copper’s record for the most number of PGA Tour victories by a foreign-born player. For those amongst us of a certain age, we can take comfort from the fact that Vijay has won an astonishing 19 of those victories since turning 40. There is hope for us yet!
In Richard S. Johnson's bag...In Richard's bag at Bay Hill, Cleveland CG1 irons (complete with lead tape to give them a bit more weight), Cleveland HiBore driver and fairway wood. Although a Cleveland staffer, we can also see a TaylorMade Rescue Dual TP utility wood. According to Cleveland's website, he uses CG10 wedges, but difficult to see in this shot.
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