Dustin Johnson cemented his status as the best player in the world, as he surged to a dominant eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, at Kapalua, Hawaii.
Johnson began his final round with only a two-shot advantage over Brian Harman and three-shots over World #4 Jon Rahm, but matching the low round of the week, a superb seven-under 65, Johnson quickly separated himself from the pack en route to a winning score of 24 under par.
Following up his rounds of 69, 68 and 66, Johnson’s phenomenal final round included four birdies on the front nine, and an eagle on the par-four 12th.
His dominance off the tee at Kapalua was highlighted by a 430-yard tee shot on the 12th, which finished within six inches of the pin, and left him with a tap-in eagle. Johnson also eagled the par-4 12th on Saturday with a hole out from 70 yards.
“I started hitting it real straight and controlled it,” Johnson said. “The driver is what won me the golf tournament this week. I don’t think I hit a bad drive all week.”
Three straight birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes on the Plantation Course, extended Johnson’s lead and made the walk up the penultimate and final holes even more enjoyable.
Johnson has now won at least once in each of his 11 seasons out on the PGA Tour.
“Obviously winning every year out here on Tour so far is big for me. I’m very proud of being able to do that. It’s not easy to win out here. A lot of seasons I’ve only had one win, but last year was my most and hopefully I can do even better than that this year,” Johnson said of winning every season that he has been out on the PGA Tour.
Congratulations on your 17th PGA Tour win Dustin, and here’s to a fantastic 2018 season!