Dustin Johnson wins by 8-strokes margin over Jon Rahm
Dustin Johnson fired an eight-under 65 today to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions with 8-strokes over Jon Rahm.
Johnson entered the final round with two-shots lead and converted it to a six-shot lead with a birdie on the ninth hole, and delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole, that stopped six inches away from the cup for a tap-in eagle. Par-4 14th too saw a similar drive but was a birdie for the man.
Tracking…TRACKING! Almost a 1 for Dustin Johnson on a Par 4. 😱
Posted by PGA TOUR on Sunday, January 7, 2018
Johnson finished at 24-under 268, his largest ever margin for a win and a shot short of the tournament record set by David Duval in 1999 since the event moved to Kapalua. Interestingly enough Jordan Spieth too won the event by 8-shots in 2016.
“I knew I was playing well, and it’s a golf course I’m really comfortable on,” Johnson said. “I was really driving it well this week. I knew as long as I could keep doing that, I was going to do well.”
Jon Rahm playing for the first time at Kapalua finished for a second position on the board at 16-under 276 and moved to World No.3 on the OWGR. Rahm posted four-under 69 today consisting six birdies and two bogeys.
Johnson lost a six-shot lead in the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last fall, his most recent PGA TOUR start. It only crossed his mind when it was mentioned to him on Saturday. Johnson doesn’t let much cross his mind.
“I try to forget everything,” he said. “Whether I win or lose.”
With this win Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua, he last won it in 2013 when the play was shortened to 54 holes because of strong wind.
Brian Harman who joined Leishman on Friday for the co-lead finished third at the event at 15-under 277 with a final round of one-under 72 consisting four birdies and three birdies today, and Leishman who led and co-led the field on the opening and the following day finished the event for a T-7th position on the board at 13-under 279 with Jhonattan Vegas.
2016 champion Jordan Spieth maintained his ninth position as of yesterday at 12-under 280 and a final round four-under 69, and the defending champion Justin Thomas bettered his position by eight spots today for a T-22nd finish at four-under 288 with Austin Cook, Grayson Murray, and the Rookie of the Year awardee Xander Schauffele.