Maui – It’s a new year, but the dominance continues for World No.1 Dustin Johnson. Heading into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a two shot lead, Johnson’s front nine 32 on Kapalua’s Plantation course extended the margin to six strokes and the rout was on. By the end, the margin was eight as Johnson finished off the field with a brilliant 8 under par 65 and a total of 24 under par.
DJ’s ball striking, especially with the driver continues to amaze. In what may go down in Kapalua lore for decades to come, his tee shot at the 430 yard par 4 twelfth finished 4 inches from the cup, perhaps the best shot ever hit on the 20 year old Coore/Crenshaw design. A tap in eagle that was nearly an ace from 430 yards! Afterwards, Johnson wasn’t all that impressed by his feat, “I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line. Obviously you have to get a nice bounce. I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air and it did,” Johnson said.
The win marked Johnson’s 17th tour victory (his second at Kapalua) and the 11th consecutive year with a win.
Jon Rahm (who moved up to third in the Official World Golf Rankings) finished solo 2nd at 16 under par.