Golf

Back to reality for Johnson

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Zach Johnson has gone from being a barely recognizable Ryder Cup rookie in 2006 to making appearances on "Late Night With Dave Letterman" and the "Regis and Kelly Show." That's what happens when you come out of seemingly nowhere to win the Masters.

The fourth-year PGA Tour player barely had slowed down from his two-shot victory at Augusta National when he arrived at Harbour Town Golf Links, the place many Masters participants like to go to decompress. And he said he was still absorbing his new station in golf.

"No, I haven't gotten used to it, and no, I haven't hit a golf ball" since Sunday, he said Wednesday after arriving at the site of this week's Verizon Heritage. "I was just talking about that walking over here, 'Gosh, I've got to play golf today.'

"It's probably good, get me back into some sort of normalcy. For whatever reason, when you're inside the ropes, it kind of feels normal because I'm so used to it. That's going to be kind of nice."

More often than not, players who have won the Masters and were scheduled to play the next week here have withdrawn, citing mental and physical fatigue. The last Masters champion to play the Heritage was Vijay Singh in 2000.

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