Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Dustin Johnson's drive finishes inch short of albatross at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson's drive finishes inch short of albatross at Kapalua

DUSTIN JOHNSON put the memory of his final-round collapse at the HSBC Champions in China well and truly behind him as he romped to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Johnson stretched a two-shot lead to six shots at the turn, then delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole that stopped 6 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle. He finished at 24-under 268 and collected the 17th victory of his PGA Tour career.

If you thought the fictional Happy Gilmore could smack a ball hundreds of miles, then you haven't seen real life pro-golfer Dustin Johnson let one rip from 400 yards.

Starting to think this guy knows what he's doing with the driver.

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Jon Rahm, of Spain, shot a 69 to claim second place on his own, one ahead of Brian Harman. Johnson is 5 under on the day and racing away from the rest of the field. His only blemish was a bogey at the 11th.

Tigers Woods confirmed his first outing of the year will be at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in a fortnight followed by the Genesis Open at Riviera three weeks after that, where he will be joined by Rory McIlroy, making his debut at Pacific Palisades. 14, 15 and 16. He led the HSBC Champions in Shanghai by six shots after three rounds previous year and appeared to be cruising towards yet another title but he stumbled to a 77 and Justin Rose shot a final round of 67 to beat Johnson by two shots.

"I hit it a little thin", Dustin Johnson said. "First I want to get to 20, then 30 and once there 40", he added.

"If I can play like that every week, I'm going to win a lot of times", he said. I feel like I can still improve a lot throughout the bag, and the iron game wasn't as sharp as I would have liked it to be.

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