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Johnson dominates in Tournament of Champions victory

10 January 2018, 01:35 | Pamela Mathis

Dustin Johnson was triumphant in Hawaii on the weekend Credit getty images

Dustin Johnson was triumphant in Hawaii on the weekend
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He raced away from the field with four birdies on the front nine.

DJ's incredible feat during Sunday's finale of the tour's 2018 curtain-raiser was the talk of the tourney, with Brandel Chamblee going absolutely bonkers and calling it "the greatest shot ever hit in the game".

That's where Johnson delivered the signature moment in the first PGA Tour event of the new year.

He has a two-week break before heading to Pebble Beach and an All-Star cast that includes Spieth (who plays with Johnson), McIlroy, Rahm and Jason Day. "After China, where I struggled a little bit on Sunday, I didn't want to back down", Johnson said.

Yes, he did, by an entire six inches. So I knew it was going to be pretty good.

Dustin Johnson underlined his status as the best player in the world as he coasted to a dominant eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

If Johnson's ball had have rolled that extra six inches, he would have been just the second person in PGA history to hit a hole-in-one on a par four, following Andrew Magee at TPC Scottsdale in 2001.

The win was especially satisfying after his final-round collapse at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October, when Johnson led by six through three rounds but stumbled to a closing 77 to finish tied for second behind Justin Rose.

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Johnson won for the 17th time on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time dating to the Genesis Open at Riviera last February.

One shot defined the tournament - his tee shot on the 12th hole. "I'll take the positives and go to (the Sony Open) next week and try win another trophy", said Leishman. Jon Rahm at age 23 became the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 3 in the world with his runner-up finish at Kapalua.

"I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line", he said. "It wasn't like, 'Oh, I might be hurt.' I knew it was hurt".

"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".

Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua.

Harman effectively took himself out of contention with three bogeys over a scrappy, outward 37, and the left-hander did well to cut out the mistakes after the turn while picking up shots at 15 and 16 to salvage a 72 which ensured outright third ahead of Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Pat Perez.

Still to be determined is how Rory McIlroy returns this year, and Justin Thomas certainly has the power and game.

Rahm tried to remain close, but the putts that dropped for the Spaniard during a third-round 66 went awry on Sunday. "Everything is going in the right direction".



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