Dustin Johnson wins seventh PGA Tour title in Hawaii

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Kapalua, HI, United States (4E Sports) – Dustin Johnson closed with a five-under 68 to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, his seventh PGA Tour title.

He ran away from the winners-only field, posting a 54-hole score of 16-under-par 203 to win by four strokes over Steve Stricker.

The victory also made Johnson, 28, the first tour player since Tiger Woods to win at least one tournament each of his first six years out of college.

Johnson used a driver on the 14th tee and his drive into the wind on the hole, which was playing 292 yards, landed in the fairway, 52 feet from the pin.

He then holed the chip for an eagle to make the double bogey effectively disappear and get back to 14-under par, three strokes ahead of Stricker. “The chip on 14 was definitely the biggest shot,” Johnson said. “The drive set it all up.”

Stricker, the defending champion, was paired with Johnson in the final round, affording him a front-row seat for the biggest show near pounding surf.

“It’s fun to watch,” said Stricker, who closed with a 69. “You never know what he’s going to do, and he’s got a lot of talent, a lot of ability.”

The 45-year-old Stricker finished two strokes ahead of Brandt Snedeker and four ahead of Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley.

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