World’s No. 1-ranked golfer, who failed to advance past group play in WGC Match Play, will compete at Valero Texas Open
Committed: Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked golfer, to this week’s Valero Texas Open as his final start ahead of next week’s Masters. Johnson went 1-1-1 last week in failing to advance out of group play and into the Round of 16 at the WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas. Now, Johnson will play the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course as his final tuneup for Augusta National, where he will be the defending champion. Johnson made his PGA Tour debut in the 2007 Texas Open as a sponsor exemption. This will be his first start in the event since 2015, when he tied for sixth. Johnson, an 8-1 favorite to win a second Masters green jacket, will be the only member of the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 scheduled to compete. No. 13 Tony Finau is the next-highest-ranked player as the final Masters bid will be up for grabs. The $7.7 million event, which begins Thursday, will pay $1.386 million to the winner and offer the last spot into the Masters. For a look at the complete field for the Texas Open, click here.
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