Johnson, a two-time winner of this event when it was held at LaCantera, has finished inside the top 20 in four of his five career starts. He was in the mix last week at the RBC Heritage before a closing 77 sent him to a tie for 33rd. It’s a home game for Walker, the defending champion, who won last year at 11-under 277. He doesn’t have a top-10 in a full-field event, however, since Torrey Pines in late January.
Mickelson makes his third consecutive start in this event, and he’s looking for his first finish inside the top 30. He is coming off a surprising missed cut at the Masters, where he shot a 79 in the second round. Koepka tied for 21st at the Masters, one of six top-30s this season. Last week, Donald held the 54-hole lead at Harbour Town and settled for his best finish in two years. It’s his first start in this event since 2003.
Grace, last week’s winner, has yet to break 70 in eight rounds in this event. Last year, he tied for 30th. Snedeker finished fourth in his lone start in this tournament, in 2011, and last week’s missed cut in Hilton Head snapped a streak of two consecutive top-10s. Reed, a Texas native, didn’t break par in four rounds at the Masters, and he hasn’t played well in two tries at the Texas Open, his best finish a tie for 35th.