Dustin Johnson wins Tournament of Champions by eight shots

Dustin Johnson

 

Dustin Johnson started the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a two shot lead. That was the closest anyone got to him after he teed off on No. 1 Sunday winning by eight shots with a final round 65 on the par 73 Plantation Course at Kapalua.

This is Johnson’s 17th PGA Tour win and his eighth since the beginning of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season.

His 65 gave him a tournament total of 24-under par, eight ahead of second place finisher John Rahm. Brian Harman who started the day two behind Johnson and in solo second place, finished third at 15-under par.

Hidekia Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, and Pat Perez tied for fourth at 14-under par.

“I definitely came out today with a lot of focus and I didn’t want to hang on to a two shot lead to win”, said Johnson after his win.

Johnson’s final round had one eagle, seven birdies, and one bogey.  The eagle was on the par four 12th, where his tee shot landed just four inches short of the hole for the tap in eagle.

Johnsons win today now starts the conversation comparing this year to 2017.  Johnson was dominating the Tour with three wins before he entered the Masters and was the favorite at Augusta. Then he suffered an injury in the home he was renting that week, walking down the stairs in his socks, slipped and fell.

When the injury happened he commented it was to bad to play but nothing that would affect him long term. He later confessed that the injury was much worse than he first realized and hindered his game most of 2017.  He ended the season with a total of four wins.

His play this week has caused many to say, “what if” regarding his misfortune last year.

The Sony Open in Hawaii is the next stop on the PGA Tour next week.

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