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10 January, 2018, 02:03 | Author: John Swanson
  • Irmo's Dustin Johnson opens 2018 with PGA Tournament victory

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson sent his rivals a warning by powering to an eight-shot win, the biggest margin of his career, at the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions and insisting he has a lot of room for improvement.

Johnson entered the final round with a two-shot advantage and blew away the field with an eight-under-par 65 at the wide open Kapalua Plantation course on Maui. He also drove the par-4 14th hole. He has 11 straight seasons winning at least one tournament, the longest current streak on the PGA Tour.

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

Irmo's Dustin Johnson opens 2018 with PGA Tournament victory
PGA: Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua

As for the author of Chamblee's greatest hit, the 17-time tour victor was not almost so impressed with his prowess, joking as he walked to the green that he "hit it a little thin" and "came up a little short".

He played the 12th hole in four shots on the weekend.

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"I've really been driving the ball (well) this week", said the 33-year-old, who has a new driver in his bag at the elite 34-man event for last year's tournament winners.

Dustin Johnson hit one of the best shots he never saw.

Of that drive at the 12th he said:"I could see it until it landed, and I knew that it was on a good line. I just didn't think I was going to have a tap-in".

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"It's no easy task, " said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago. "I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did. First I want to get to 20, then 30 and once there 40", he added. "And there were times when I putted well but couldn't sink them". He was consistent and impressive through all four rounds, shooting 69-68-66-65-268.

"I got off to a great start, and I want to keep it going", Johnson said.

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

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