Zach Johnson, a normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- that's how he described himself when he won the 2007 Masters -- has never looked at himself as anything special.

But there's no denying the record.

Johnson picked up his 11th victory on the PGA Tour when he closed with a 7-under 66 on Monday to win the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii. In his 11th season on tour, he has more than $31 million in earnings.

Johnson also is the latest pea shooter in this era of power to show there is still no substitute for crisp iron play, superb wedges and great putting.

He's won three times in his past six starts, including the World Challenge last month when he holed out from the drop zone for par on the last hole to get into a playoff, and then beat Tiger Woods on the first extra hole at Sherwood. His victory Monday sent him to a career-best No. 7 in the world, and Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh are the only players who have more tour wins since Johnson joined the tour in 2004.

"This is more than I would have thought," the 37-year-old said. "I don't have dreams of that caliber. I don't dwell on that kind of thing. I just try to play and try to get better, because God knows I can get better at this game."

  • The LPGA Tour is going to a points race this year, offering $1 million to the winner of the "Race to the CME Globe." But instead of a four-tournament playoff system like the PGA Tour, the women will earn points for 31 events going into the CME Group Tour Championship on Nov. 20-23 in Naples, Fla.

    The points will be reset for the final event to give an advantage to whoever had the best year, and the winner will receive a $1 million bonus. Jon Podany, the chief marketing officer for the LPGA Tour, said the top 72 players in the Race to the CME Globe will qualify for the Tour Championship.

    All tournaments, starting with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Jan. 23-26, will offer the same amount of points (500 to the winner). The five majors will have an additional 25 percent value (625 points).

  • One fan of the Dallas Cowboys had reasons beyond football to feel badly for quarterback Tony Romo's back surgery Dec. 27. Former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth has to find a new partner for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 6-9.