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Sunday, April 22, 2018

No, That Ain't DUSTIN Johnson

He just keeps poppin' up on leaderboards, doesn't he? Zach started the year strong, then seemed to fade a bit as the season has worn on, but he keeps making cuts and posting scores.

And now he's back in Texas, playing a stroke play event. You know he's won four of his 12 PGA Tour victories in Texas, don't you? Two have come at this very event -- although it's been quite a while (2008 and 2009). And the two younger players he's paired with, Andrew Landry and Trey Mullinax, are both searching for their first wins.

Zach Johnson

After a brief hiatus, the 40-somethings are back in force this year, having won three of the last eight Tour events. And Zach's ball flight is well-suited to a tight and windy Texas course...

Assuming the wind comes up, that is. If it doesn't, he's 13-under on the back nine this week -- ironically, that's his overall score. So the question is, does TPC San Antonio favor him today or not?

I'm not sure. Landry, who's tied with Zach, lost in a playoff to Jon Rahm earlier this season, so the pressure shouldn't be too much for him. And while Mullinax is one shot back and has never been in this position, he's got to be feeling good about that course record 62 he shot Saturday.

And we can't forget the other guys close behind. Ryan Moore, Sean O'Hair, Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk are all experienced winners and certainly close enough to win, especially if the leaders stumble.

But the weather's supposed to be in the 80s today and winds around 14mph. Is that enough to give Zach the edge? Or will the "youngsters" strut their stuff and get their first win?

Personally, the worse the conditions, the better I like Zach's chances.

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