Dominant Johnson cruises to victory in Hawaii

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2018

A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Like Johnson, Matsuyama closed in style by playing his final seven holes in five under, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th after sticking his 233-yard approach to 10 feet.

It was Johnson's 17th win on the PGA Tour and his biggest margin of victory, despite the field featuring the world's top five players, and he has now won at least one tournament in 11 straight seasons.

Johnson ended up taking out the Kapula Resort PGA contest by eight shots, pocketing a cool $6,300,000 Dollars for his efforts.

Also, he said he missed it "a little thin".

"But if I can stay focused just on what I'm supposed to be doing, the shot I want to hit, and the next shot that I'm going to hit, then that's how I have success". It's a blind shot over the hill, with a strong wind at his back, so he never saw the ball race down the hill, onto the green and head straight to the cup until stopping 6 inches away.

Jon Rahm finished runner-up at 16 under thanks to a final-round 69.

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?

"The most hard part is, I guess, trying to stay within your own game and not play off his", Jordan Spieth said.

"I mean I go back over it and talk about it, but as far as how long has it frustrated me or anything, not long". "I just didn't think I was going to have a tap-in".

Dominant Johnson cruises to victory in Hawaii

He knew his drive was good when he hit it.

"Not very long, I don't think".

Johnson made up for his last PGA Tour event - the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where he tied the worst kind of record by losing a six-shot lead - by turning the Tournament of Champions into a statement that he has been No 1 in the world the last 11 months for a reason. "I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did".

Brian Harman finished third at 15 under after a disappointing 1-under 72 Sunday.

Rahm tried to remain close, but the putts that dropped for the Spaniard during a third-round 66 went awry on Sunday.

He now takes a week off before going to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship against another strong field, this one on the European Tour, before returning to face more of the world's best at Pebble Beach.

"It's no easy task to catch D.J.", Rahm said after his second-place finish pushed him past Justin Thomas to No. 3 in the world behind Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

"So hopefully I can keep playing good and maybe some day be number one". "Things are going in the right direction".

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