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Richard S. Johnson

  • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Residence: Jupiter, Fla.
  • Age: 31
  • Turned Pro: 1997
  • Eligibility Code: 10

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Player Notes

Something of a dare-devil sportsman. Richard (pronounced Rick-ard), played handball to a high standard in Sweden, having been a teen tennis player from the age of six. Took up skate-boarding and competed in the Swedish Championships. Suffered seven broken ribs, a hand and a foot over the years, so decided to give it up. He joked: "To be any good you have to be crazy to do the stunts!" Started golf at 15 as his girlfriend's family played. Didn't enjoy it until neighbors, who practiced in the back yard, went away - and he decided to hit some shots. Won two national junior events but did not get picked for the Swedish amateur side. Has a mixed background - grandfather is American, from New Jersey, who married a Swede and settled there. Made his big 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. Ended the season by winning his card on the US PGA Tour by finishing T11th the Qualifying School in California.

Career Summary

2000 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.32 (ranked 99th); money - (Euro)154,758 or ?92,039 (ranked 96th); best finish - T2nd, Madeira Island Open.

2001 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.91 (ranked 131st); money - (Euro)166,484 or ?103,513 (ranked 112th); best finish - T2nd, Sao Paulo Brazil Open.

2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.76 (ranked 81st); money - (Euro)385,505 or ?244,528 (ranked 64th); Winner, ANZ Championship. Before this year played twice on the PGA Tour, T36th at the 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am and missed cut at the 2002 International.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 89; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $559,021; (ranked 120th); best finish - T3rd at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

2003 Stats
scoring average - 71.28 / (117th); driving distance - 278.3 / (156th); driving accuracy - 72.0% / (27th); GIR - 63.9% / (128th); putting - 1.769 / (73rd); birdie average - 3.40 per rd / (142nd) / total birdies - 303; sand saves - 47.1% / (134th); all-around rank - 940 / (145th).

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; rounds played - 102; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $461,183; (ranked 148th); best finish - T-8th at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.28 / (114th); driving distance - 283.4 / (131st); driving accuracy - 69.3% / (33rd); GIR - 64.5% / (109th); putting - 1.758 / (40th); birdie average - 3.64 per rd / (68th) / total birdies - 371; sand saves - 50.8% / (74th); all-around rank - 700 / (81st).

2005 Notes
Started year with only partial status but still finished in top-125.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 50; in money - 96; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $689,364; (ranked 116th); best finish - T6th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.50 / (37th); driving distance - 286.3 / (117th); driving accuracy - 68.5% / (27th); GIR - 68.1% / (27th); putting - 1.768 / (61st); birdie average - 3.84 per rd / (16th) / total birdies - 192; sand saves - 58.2% / (12th); all-around rank - 465 / (13th).

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; rounds played - 94; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,555,376; (ranked 50th); best finish - 2 at the Bank of America Colonial

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.73 / (56th); driving distance - 283.4 / (148th); driving accuracy - 67.9% / (36th); GIR - 66.0% / (77th); putting - 1.764 / (53rd); birdie average - 3.45 per rd / (119th) / total birdies - 324; sand saves - 46.8% / (129th); all-around rank - 787 / (111th).

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; rounds played - 93; in money - 15; Top-10 Finishes - 0; money - $377,951 (ranked 165th); best finish - T15th at the Valero Texas Open

2007 Stats
scoring average - 71.51 / (158th); driving distance - 281.1 / (160th); driving accuracy - 65.5% / (66th); GIR - 64.6% / (99th); putting - 1.802 / (141st); birdie average - 2.88 per rd / (188th) / total birdies - 268; sand saves - 45.1% / (144th); all-around rank - 1133 / (186th)

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