A near ace and a big win for Dustin Johnson 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.

In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that the No. 1 ranking he has held for almost a year might be hard to take away. It was six at the turn, and seven after a near hole-in-one on the par-4 12th.

He has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in all 11 of his seasons since his rookie year in 2008 - the longest active streak on TOUR.

One shot defined the tournament - a drive on the 433-yard 12th hole that went 432 yards and 6 inches.

"When I'm out there playing the only thing I'm focused on is the shot that I got to hit next".

In Maui this week he had extended his lead to four shots after just three holes on Sunday. "And there were times when I putted well but couldn't sink them".

Matsuyama nailed one eagle and five birdies in a bogeyless 7-under-par 66, the second best score of the day.

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"I want a lot more wins".

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"Not very long, I don't think". Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016. "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".

"It's no easy task to catch DJ", said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago.

Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua. He was consistent and impressive through all four rounds, shooting 69-68-66-65-268.

The 25-year-old started off strong with birdies on Nos. "Everything is going in the right direction".