Then the reigning Masters champion, Johnson collected his third career PGA TOUR win -- all of them coming in the state of Georgia. The 32-year-old Iowan hasn't won since then, and he has missed the cut in two of his last three starts heading into this weekend's title defense.
His first career victory came at the 2004 AT&T Classic, which was then called the BellSouth Classic. Johnson was the fourth player to make the event his first PGA TOUR win.
Phil Mickelson, who was the two-time defending champion heading into last year's AT&T, won't be in the field this week -- a pattern repeated by most of the world top 25.
No. 15 Stewart Cink is the highest-ranked player in the field, followed by Johnson at No. 22. They are the only players in the top 25 who will be at Sugarloaf this week.
Retief Goosen, the 2002 champion and world No. 30, will be in the field, as will former world No. 1 Greg Norman in a rare start.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage on Thursday and Friday, with CBS taking over for the weekend. Each broadcast will be from 3-6 p.m. (ET).
Next week's event is the Colonial, where Rory Sabbatini defeated Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer in a playoff last year.