Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Pro golfer Zach Johnson participates in St. Louis Cardinals' batting practice

A new face stole the show at batting practice for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday morning at their spring training site in Jupiter, Fla.

Professional golfer Zach Johnson, who turned 43 on Sunday, celebrated with an outing to the ballpark to try his hand at baseball for a day. The Cardinals’ official Twitter account tweeted a couple pictures of Johnson decked out in St. Louis gear and swinging for the fences, thoroughly enjoying the experience.

But Johnson won’t be switching his golf hat for a baseball cap anytime soon. He has found considerable success in the sport of golf ever since he joined the PGA Tour back in 2004. He has 12 wins on golf’s highest level, including two victories in major tournaments. He captured the Masters in 2007 and the Open Championship in 2015.

After each major win, at the pinnacle of his sport, Johnson gave thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“I feel like God gave me the ability to play (golf),” Johnson said after winning the Open Championship in 2015. “I’m just a guy from Iowa who’s been blessed with a talent, and this game provided me great opportunity.”

Johnson has said that Bible verses often enter his mind while out on the golf course. He told Sports Spectrum back in 2013 that he views golf differently than many other pros.

“Golf is really my ministry,” Johnson said. “I just spoke from the heart and let people know how I felt. I’ve always had a platform for Jesus; now I just have a bigger platform.”

Johnson’s golfing ability will be on display again at the Masters this April, as he seeks his second career green jacket.

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