Dustin Johnson opened the week as one of the unfortunate souls on the wrong side of the draw at the Valero Texas Open.
High winds ballooned scores Thursday morning at the TPC San Antonio, creating a 3.75-stroke difference in scores between the early and late waves.
Amongst those who teed off the in morning, zero players shot under par while a whopping 23 turned in rounds in the 80s.
Johnson, making his first start since winning at Doral, fought his way to an 6-over 78 in Round 1 and kept fighting all the way to a top-10 finish.
He followed Thursday’s tough start with rounds of 72-68-68, playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday a combined 8 under par to end up T-6. For reference, tournament winner Jimmy Walker, who went out late Thursday, played the final three rounds only two shots better than Johnson - and he won the Valero by four.
This week is just the latest chapter in Johnson’s impressive return from a six-month absence. Since returning at the Farmers Insurance Open, DJ has finished MC, T-4, P-2, MC, 1st, and T-6. In other words, in every event he’s made the weekend, he’s also made the top 10.
Johnson did not register for next week’s Shell Houston Open and will have the week off before heading to Augusta National. In five Masters appearances, his best finish is a T-13 in 2013.
The 30-year-old nine-time PGA Tour winner remains in pursuit of his first major, and his game appears to be peaking at the right time.