Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Johnson dominates in Tournament of Champions win

Irmo's Dustin Johnson opens 2018 with PGA Tournament victory Dustin Johnson Goes Full Happy Gilmore, Almost Hits Hole-In-One On Par Four
Edward Snyder | 10 January, 2018, 02:04

Did we mention that the world No. 1, who ran away from the field with an eight-shot laugher at the Tournament of Champions, nearly holed his tee shot from 433 yards away?

Brian Harman closed with a 72 for third on 277 after starting the day two shots behind Johnson. It was six at the turn, and seven after a near hole-in-one on the par-4 12th.

1 - This was a 17th PGA Tour victory for Johnson who has strengthened his position as the World's Number 1 golfer.

The PGA season won't reach peak intensity for a few months yet, but if it weren't already clear that Dustin Johnson will be one of the biggest threats to win every major tournament he enters, it certainly is now.

As for the author of Chamblee's greatest hit, the 17-time tour victor was not almost so impressed with his prowess, joking as he walked to the green that he "hit it a little thin" and "came up a little short".

In Maui this week he had extended his lead to four shots after just three holes on Sunday. Johnson has a short memory, and he never thought about China until it was mentioned to him on Saturday. "If my mind's wandering and thinking about other things, then I'm not going to have a good day", Johnson said.

Irmo's Dustin Johnson opens 2018 with PGA Tournament victory

Last season Johnson won four times, marking the best year of his career, and he said in Hawaii that he believed it was possible for somebody to win eight times or more in a year.

"I want a lot more wins".

Of that drive at the 12th he said:"I could see it until it landed, and I knew that it was on a good line".

"It's no easy task to catch DJ", said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago. "More for myself and confidence, after what happened in Shanghai, I wanted to prove to myself that I still. that ain't going to happen again". He also won in 2013 when it was shortened to 54 holes because of wind so strong the start of the tournament was delayed for three days.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Americans Rickie Fowler and Pat Perez were another shot back at 14-under. "Everything is going in the right direction".




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