Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua
By DOUG FERGUSON
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Turns out the Sentry Tournament of Champions built the ideal trophy for Dustin Johnson. The 35-pound glass sculpture, embracing the essence of Maui, depicts a wave crashing on one side and a humpback whale on the other.
No one is riding higher at the moment. There’s no bigger fish in the water.
Johnson turned a two-shot lead into a runaway Sunday at Kapalua with a show of power that included one of the best shots he never saw. He hit driver on the 433-yard 12th hole that went 432 yards and 6 inches, the signature moment in a final round devoid of drama.
He closed with an 8-under 65 — the best score of the tournament — for an eight-shot victory. In a winners-only field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that a No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year won’t be easy to take away.
“If I can play like that every week, I’m going to win a lot of times,” he said.
He finished at 24-under 268. The eight-shot margin of victory was his largest ever, and it was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval since this event moved to Kapalua in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight 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 made his Kapalua debut by closing with a 69 to finish second. The 23-year-old from Spain moved to No. 3 in the world.
The way Johnson was playing, everyone was playing for second.
“It’s no easy task to catch DJ,” […]