The results suggest Father Time is catching up with Zach Johnson.

He is almost seven years away from his last victory. He’s only played weekends twice in his last nine PGA Tour starts. He dropped to 263rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.

For a player who has won a dozen Tour victories, amassed approximately $48 million in career earnings, played on five Ryder Cup teams and won at two of Augusta National’s most iconic golf courses Golf Club and the Old Course in St. Andrews, it would be easy to rest on your laurels and head out into the sunset.

He always nibbles. He is still learning. He still tinkers. And he still believes he can hold his own against a Tour full of players who are half his age.

“The hunger is there, the mentality of wanting to compete, fight and scratch is still there,” Johnson said Tuesday afternoon as he prepares for his 20th straight start at the John Deere Classic. “Whether it’s making the cut or winning, I always relish those opportunities.”

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In a field that has no players in the top 50 of the world rankings, Johnson hopes to find the magic again this week at TPC Deere Run.

Raised in Cedar Rapids, Johnson won what he considers his “fifth major” in 2012. He followed that with second-place finishes in 2013 and 2014.

He finished third here in 2015 and continued that momentum in The Open Championship the following week where he won his second major title.

But since kissing the Claret Jug on Sunday night at the Old Course, Johnson has been winless in his last 158 ​​starts.

“I would like my kids to see me win again,” he said. “Luckily they were everywhere when I won my last race, but they weren’t there.

“Right now I’m coming home and my son is like, ‘Yes, I have another trophy. Where’s yours?'”

Johnson does not have the length of the tee like its competitors. The 46-year-old is feeling the aches and pains a bit more than before.

However, the desire for competition is not lacking.

“The more I can focus on just my body, the better results I can have,” Johnson said. “I mean I do something every day and it can take 30 minutes, it can take two hours, it just depends on where I am and what I’m doing.

“I can’t golf, train or compete without doing something.”

After missing the cut at last week’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut, he had a session with his trainer on Saturday, Sunday and again Monday.

“Sometimes it feels like it’s miles away, but it’s really (not) that far and I think that’s where I’m at right now.” he declared.

Johnson will captain the 2023 Ryder Cup USA team in Italy. He will have increased demands on his time with preparations and decisions next year.

Right now, Johnson is focused on getting the most out of his game.

He took three weeks off from the golf tournament after the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in late May.

Johnson was on the golf course during those weeks, but he didn’t have a clear plan or fundamental thoughts on the swing.

“So I went into (the Travelers Championship) thinking, I’m just going to put it all away and just play,” he said. “No mechanical thoughts, no real swing thoughts, and I’ve really never done that.

“I always had a few keys and I had nothing and, man, my dashboard said someone had nothing. It was awful.”

Paired with defending champion Lucas Glover and 2019 winner Dylan Frittelli for the first two rounds of the JDC, Johnson is back on a golf course where he has plenty of positive vibes.

He’s had seven top-10 finishes in his 19 previous starts and recorded just one over-par round at Deere Run in his last 49 trips to the par-71 course.

Johnson, however, has been out of contention this weekend the last two times the JDC has been contested.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen this week,” he said. “I just know that from that moment we made decisions as a team about what to do and what not to do and I like the direction.

“I’m very encouraged. In the last few years I’ve kind of been able to figure things out a bit more on my own. Like I was telling my coach, maybe I’m just getting to the point with my feelings at 46 that I don’t feel the way I used to.”

The motivation is certainly there as he enters the favorite part of his schedule.

As well as a “home game” this week, he returns to St. Andrews in two weeks for the Open Championship, the first time the major championship has been contested there since winning.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m so excited to be back.

“I’m ready to go compete there too. I’ll be ready.”