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My Kids Are My Legacy Not My Open Win, Says Zach Johnson

Father-of-three Zach Johnson refused to get too carried away after winning The British Open in a four-hole play-off

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Zach Johnson hugs his wife Kim Barclay after winning the British Open on Monday. (Photo: Reuters)

Father-of-three Zach Johnson refused to get too carried away after winning the 144th British Open in a four-hole play-off with South African Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman on Monday.

It was the second major victory of the 39-year-old American’s career, following his U.S. Masters triumph in 2007, but soon after the win, the put his achievements in perspective.

“This isn’t going to define me or my career, at least I hope it doesn’t,” the down to earth Johnson told reporters at St Andrews.

It’s not my legacy. Granted, as a professional athlete and as a golfer I’m going to relish this, I’m going to savour this. I’m humbled by this but my legacy should be my kids, my family, that kind of thing.
– Zach Johnson, 2015 British Open Champion

“I realise it’s just a game. I’m just a guy from Iowa that has been blessed with a talent and this game provides great opportunity,” added Johnson.

Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after winning a play-off after the final round at the British Open. (Photo: AP)
Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after winning a play-off after the final round at the British Open. (Photo: AP)
Zach Johnson, left, is embraces by  Jordan Spieth after winning the British Open. (Photo: AP)
Zach Johnson, left, is embraces by Jordan Spieth after winning the British Open. (Photo: AP)

Johnson also spared a thought for fellow countryman Jordan Spieth, 21, who was one of the first to congratulate him despite feeling disappointment at failing to add the British Open to his wins this year at the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open.

Jordan could be sitting here now...to have a champion like him take the time to give me best wishes...speaks volumes. He’s a phenomenal talent and I’m telling you right now...he’s a better person than he is a golfer.
– Zach Johnson, 2015 British Open Champion

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