Another tournament, another spot on the leaderboard: Dustin Johnson's roll appears ready to continue this week in New Orleans.
Johnson made five birdies without dropping a shot in his opening round at the Zurich Classic, carding a 5-under 67 to leave him three shots behind Boo Weekley in the early standings at TPC Louisiana.
Johnson's lone prior start in the Crescent City resulted in a missed cut in 2008, but wet conditions played into the bomber's hands. He reached only 12 of 18 greens in regulation but by averaging nearly 328 yards per drive, Johnson was able to make the most of the birdie chances he created. A highlight came on the par-4 15th, where he had come up short of the green with his approach but then holed a delicate pitch shot for an unexpected birdie.
Since returning from a six-month leave of absence in February, Johnson has been arguably the hottest player on the PGA Tour not named Jordan Spieth. He has made five cuts in seven starts, with each of those five resulting in a T-6 finish or better - including his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last month.
Despite a late start, Johnson has already amassed nearly $3 million in earnings this season and reached No. 6 in the world after his T-6 finish at the Masters. He has now shot 70 or better in six of his last seven rounds dating back to the Valero Texas Open, and with more wet weather expected this week in New Orleans he will likely extend that scoring trend in the coming days.