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Irmo's Dustin Johnson opens 2018 with PGA Tournament victory

10 January, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Tournament of Champions: Dustin Johnson takes two-shot lead in Hawaii

Johnson took over as outright leader from Brian Harman with a thrilling pitch-in for eagle at the 12th, and three birdies over the last five holes added up to a 66 and a 54-hole score of 16 under par. He captured the Tournament of Champions in 2013, and he could become the first player to win the event twice since Australia's Geoff Ogilvy earned back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.

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

Johnson is aiming to earn a win for the 11th consecutive season.

Jordan Spieth played with Rahm and never got much going in his round of 70, leaving him too far back.

"It was tough", Leishman said of the windy conditions.

Spain's Jon Rahm was second after a 69 for 276 and is set to rise from No. 4 to No. 3 in the world. "I was really driving it well this week".

The Sentry Tournament of Champions marked the first chance for USA players to gain points in 2018 - something they'll be able to do at every non-opposite PGA Tour event, WGC and major through the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive, concluding on August 12, 2018.

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The way Johnson was playing, everyone was playing for second. The latter overcame an ordinary start in Maui to post another top-ten finish on 12 under par. "I just didn't think I was going to have a tap-in". "More for myself and confidence, after what happened in Shanghai, I wanted to prove to myself that I still ... that ain't going to happen again".

Tiger Woods, who is slated to return to action in three weeks at the Farmers Insurance Open, is ranked No. 649, an improvement of seven spots from last week.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth also carded a 66, bouncing back from an opening 75 to seize a share of 13th place, five strokes off the lead.

When it comes to smashing a golf ball really hard, England's Joe Miller is one of the world's best and his performance at the World Long Drive Championship in Thackerville, Oklahoma in 2016 blew us away.

"I got off to a rough start, bogeyed three and four from the middle of the fairway", Johnson said.

"But everything's going in the right direction".

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