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Dominant Dustin Johnson Blows Field Away at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson was triumphant in Hawaii on the weekend
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Domingo Copeland | 10 January, 2018, 02:08

His masterful display off the tee at the par-73 Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Sunday included a near hole-in-one at the 433-yard, par-four 12th hole that came just inches short. It was six at the turn, and seven after a near hole-in-one on the par-4 12th.

Johnson ended up taking out the Kapula Resort PGA contest by eight shots, pocketing a cool $6,300,000 United States dollars for his efforts.

He lost a six-shot lead in the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last fall, his most recent PGA Tour start. Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016. On Sunday, the 33-year-old did one better. Johnson doesn't let much cross his mind.

"I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line", he said.

"I want a lot more wins".

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The 2013 champion nearly hit the hole with his drive at the sixth in round three, but that was a mere 382 yards away and his effort at the 12th in the final round was a full 50 yards longer. Already leading by five strokes, Johnson banged his driver on the par 4, and it ended up within three inches of the cup. On Saturday he had holed a 70 yard downhill chip and, on the final day, he made it far easier for himself by blasting his tee shot all the way to the putting surface. He led by at least five shots over the final 11 holes. He rebounded strongly with the monster drive at the 12th and padded his lead with three straight birdies at Nos. He was consistent and impressive through all four rounds, shooting 69-68-66-65-268.

He now takes a week off before going to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship against another strong field, this one on the European Tour.

"If I can play like that every week, I'm going to win a lot of times", he said.

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

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