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Dustin Johnson romps on Maui

Monday, January 8, 2018


Sentry Tournament of Champions

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

 

 

Overnight leader and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson twirled a week-low 8-under-par 32-33=65 in Sunday’s final round at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort to reach 24-under 268, good for an eight-shot victory over Jon Rahm (69).

 

The 33-year-old, a pre-tourney 7/1 outright, claims his 17th PGA TOUR title in his 223rd career start, first this season in two starts.

 

Overall, he’s now recorded 79 top-10 finishes in his 11 seasons on TOUR with 43 of those top 3s. The South Carolina native’s win extends his run to 11 straight seasons with at least one win, the longest active streak on TOUR.

 

In his only other “official” start this season, he coughed up a closing 5-over 77 that turned a six-shot advantage thru 54 holes into a two-shot loss (to Justin Rose) at the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October, eventually finishing T2.

 

The North Palm Beach, Florida, resident improves to 8-for-14 when leading/co-leading at the three-quarter pole, three for his last seven.

 

At the TOC, he’s now 2-for-3 when leading/co-leading thru 54 holes, but this was his first win completing 72 holes. Johnson also won the weather-shortened edition in 2013 as the 54-hole leader, but the tournament was reduced to 54 holes.

 

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

 

1- Dustin Johnson 69-68-66-65= 268 (-24)

2- Jon Rahm 71-70-66-69= 276 (-16)

3- Brian Harman 68-68-69-72= 277 (-15)

T4- Hideki Matsuyama 70-70-72-66= 278 (-14)

T4- Pat Perez 72-66-71-69= 278 (-14)

T4- Rickie Fowler 69-71-68-70= 278 (-14)

 

 

Leaderboard Notes:

 

 

Making his tournament debut, Rahm’s solo 2nd is his fourth runner-up in just 37 career TOUR starts (32 pro). It was also his eighth top-3 finish. In Johnson’s four latest wins, Rahm has now finished 2nd-T3-2nd-T3 in those tournaments.

Season Form: 2-T36

 

Making his second appearance (T17/2015), halfway co-leader Harman’s solo 3rd is his fourth straight top-10 finish to open the season.

Season Form: 3-T4-8-T5

 

Making his third appearance, Matsuyama’s T4 is his third straight top-4 finish on Maui, including a solo 2nd last year. He’s now kicked off 2017-18 with two top 10s in three starts, both top 5s.

Season Form: T4-T50-T5

 

Sneakily perhaps, Perez’ T4 is his third top 10 in three appearances and second top 4 after T3 last year. This week’s T4 is his third top 5 of the season (five starts) and he’s back atop the FedExCup standings for the fourth time this season.

Season Form: T4-T34-T24-T5-1

 

Fowler is getting progressively better at the TOC with T6/2013, T5/2016 and T4 this year. He’s opened the season with two top 10s in two starts, both top 5s. Fowler also won the unofficial Hero World Challenge in between.

Season Form: T4-2

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):


 

Johnson collects 500 FEC points for the victory and vaults 23 places to 2nd in the FEC standings, 43 points behind new-leader Perez.

 

 

1. Pat Perez (761); UP one

2. Dustin Johnson (718); UP 23

3. Patton Kizzire (713); DOWN two

4. Patrick Cantlay (609); UP one

5. Austin Cook (601); DOWN two

6. Justin Thomas (586); UP one

7. Brendan Steele (586); DOWN three

8. Justin Rose (550); DOWN two

9. Brian Harman (478); UP nine

10. Chesson Hadley (458); DOWN two

 

 

Johnson, who debuted TaylorMade’s new Twist Face (driver) technology this week, ends a streak of four first-time winners on TOUR (Cook, RSM; Kizzire, OHL; Cantlay, Shriners; Ryan Armour, Sanderson Farms).

 

 

 

Johnson’s Season:

 

2 official starts (both no-cut events)

 

2 top 25s

2 top 10s

2 top 5s

1 runner-up

1 win

 

 

Johnson at the TOC:

 

8 starts

 

8 top 25s

6 top 10s (five straight)

2 top 5s

2 wins

 

 

17

 

Here’s a breakdown of Johnson’s 17 TOUR wins:

 

  • 16 stroke play
  • 8 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

Courses:

 

  • Par 73: 2 wins
  • Par 72: 6 wins
  • Par 71: 5 wins
  • Par 70: 4 wins

 

 

Dating to his first major championship win at the 2016 U.S. Open, Johnson has now won eight times in his last 30 starts for a win percentage of 26.6% during that span.

 

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Johnson was the sixth player to hold a 2-shot lead thru 54 holes and the second to go on to win. The only other player to convert was Justin Thomas at last year’s TOC. Thomas finished a disappointing T22 this week on 4-under 288 (71-75-75-67), a full 20 shots in arrears.

 

 

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 66th playing of the TOC, 20th consecutive at The Plantation Course.

 

 

R1: 71.912

R2: 70.971

R3: 71.412

R4: 70.588

 

Total: 71.221

 

Johnson: 69-68-66-65 for 16.882 SG: Total

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Marc Leishman (T7): Drops to 1-for-4 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

 

R2: Marc Leishman (T7): Drops to 1-for-4 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Brian Harman (3rd): Drops to 0-for-2

 

R3: Dustin Johnson (Won): Improves to 8-for-14 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

Johnson’s Position by Round:

 

 

R1: T4

R2: 3

R3: 1

 

 

 

How Johnson Won on Sunday:

 

 

After kicking off in 69-68-65, Johnson began with a two-shot lead over playing competitor Harman, four clear of Rahm.

 

He hit 11 (of 15) fairways and 15 GIR, gaining 4.089 strokes off-the-tee and 4.047 tee-to-green, No. 1 for the day (and the week) in both of the latter stats.

 

Johnson went out in blemish-free 4-under, extending his lead to six at the break (over Rahm) after circles at holes 3, 5, 6 and 9 (all from inside of seven feet).

 

He squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (plugged lie in a greenside bunker), but that only fanned the flames as he proceeded to drive the 433-year par-4 12th, coming within six inches of a hole in one, for a tap-in eagle-2.

 

Just to rub salt into the wounds of the rest of the field, Johnson ticked three more red at 14, 15 and 16, including a 2-putt birdie at the par-4 14th after driving that green as well.

 

 

 

Johnson’s Round 4 Stats (ranking of 34 players):

 

 

Driving Accuracy:

73.33% (T8)

 

Driving Distance (all drives):

324.0 yards (1st)

 

GIR:

83.33% (T7)

 

Proximity:

48’3” (28th)

 

Scrambling:

66.67% (T12)

 

Putts:

28 (T3)

 

One-Putts:

8 (T3) at 44.44%

 

 

SG: Off-the-Tee

4.089 (1st)

 

SG: Approach

-0.034 (20th)

 

SG: Around-the-Green

-0.007 (19th)

 

SG: Putting

1.541 (5th)

 

SG: Total

5.588 (1st)

 

 

 

How Johnson Won the Tournament:

 

 

Ranked 1st: Eagles; Par-4 Scoring; Putts per GIR; All-Around; SG: Off-the-Tee; SG: Tee-to-Green

Ranked T1: Birdies

 

 

 

Johnson’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 34 players):

 

 

Eagles: 3 (1st)

Birdies: 23 (T1)

Bogeys: 5 (2nd)

 

 

Par-3 Scoring: 3.00 (T7)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.73 (1st)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.25 (T3)

 

Driving Accuracy: 39/60 (T18) at 65.00%

GIR: 56/72 (T8) at 77.78%

Putts per GIR: 1.625 (1st)

Total Putts: 112 (T2)

Putts by Round: 28-26-30-28

Scrambling: 11/16 (T6) at 68.75%

All Around: (1st)

 

SG: Off-the-Tee: 8.902 (1st)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 2.777 (7th)

SG: Around-the-Green: 2.310 (4th)

SG: Putting: 2.894 (6th)

SG: Tee-to-Green (1st)

 

 

 

Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Marc Leishman (67)

R2: Jordan Spieth, Pat Perez, Chris Stroud (66)

R3: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm (66)

R4: Dustin Johnson (65)

 

 

 

Bogey-free Rounds:

 

 

R1: Brian Harman (68); Ryan Armour (71)

R2: Marc Leishman (69)

R3: Jon Rahm (66); Rickie Fowler (68)

R4: Hideki Matsuyama (66); Marc Leishman (67)

 

 

Multiple bogey-free rounds: Leishman (x2)

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in OWGR:

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 422 (up from 321 last year), Johnson banks 56.00 world-ranking points and solidifies his hold on the No. 1 ranking, 2.168 average points ahead of Spieth.

 

No. 2 Spieth trailed Johnson by 2.769 average points after Johnson’s previous win at the 2017 Northern Trust, but had narrowed that gap to 1.285 entering this week.

 

 

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jordan Spieth

3. Jon Rahm (UP one)

4. Justin Thomas (DOWN one)

5. Hideki Matsuyama

6. Justin Rose

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Brooks Koepka

9. Henrik Stenson

10. Sergio Garcia

 

 

NOTE: Johnson first ascended to World No. 1 after his 13th career TOUR win at the 2017 Genesis Open last February. The Coastal Carolina product has maintained the No. 1 ranking ever since, holding serve for 47 consecutive weeks now.

 

 

 

Runner-Up:

 

 

Jon Rahm: After opening in 71-70-66, the 23-year-old began in solo 3rd, four shy of Johnson.

 

Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he found nine (of 15) fairways and 13 GIR, gaining 0.786 strokes tee-to-green. The first-time member though not a rookie squared bogey-5s at holes 1 and 13, camouflaged by six birdies at 2, 5, 6, 14, 15 and 17, two from between 10 and 20 feet. He posted 1.615 putts per GIR and 0.802 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.

 

For the week, the Spaniard totaled two eagles and 21 birdies against nine bogeys, and led the field in Par-5 scoring (4.13).

 

FEC Rank: 18th (UP 133)

OWGR: 3rd (UP one)

 

 

 

Notable career-high OWGR’s:

 

 

Rahm: 3rd (UP one)

Perez: 16th (UP three)

Harman: 23rd (UP four)

Patrick Cantlay: 35th (UP three)

Kyle Stanley: 47th (UP one)

 

 

 

Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

OWGR field average: 67th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 16th  

 

Overall, 10 players finished in the top 10.

 

 

10 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

7 finished in the top 10

 

21 of the Top 50 OWGR

10 finished in the top 10

 

 

No. 1 Dustin Johnson (Won)

No. 4 Jon Rahm (2nd)

No. 27 Brian Harman (3rd)

No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama (T4)

No. 19 Pat Perez (T4)

No. 7 Rickie Fowler (T4)

No. 12 Marc Leishman (T7)

No. 44 Jhonattan Vegas (T7)

No. 2 Jordan Spieth (9th); pre-tourney fave

No. 42 Si Woo Kim (10th)

 

 

Other Notables:

 

 

No. 3 Justin Thomas (T22); defender

No. 8 Brooks Koepka (34th); last

No. 25 Xander Schauffele (T22)

 

 

 

102

 

In the last 102 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won SEVEN times. That’s a conversion percentage of just 6.86%.

 

 

This Season:

 

9 tournaments

1 pre-tourney fave won:

 

 

Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)

 

 

Last Season:

 

47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves won:

 

 

Henrik Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Jordan Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Jordan Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

Dustin Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico

 

 

This week’s favorite(s):

 

Spieth (5/1): finished 9th on 12-under 280 (75-66-70-69)

 

 

Last week’s winner(s):

 

Cook (T22)

 

 

 

43

 

Last season, 43 (of 48) winners were 39-years-old or younger

 

28 winners were in their 20s

15 were in their 30s

5 were in their 40s

 

 

Through 9 events this season:

 

3 winners were in their 20s

4 were in their 30s (Johnson: age: 33)

2 were in their 40s

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 1

Top-10 finishes: 0

 

 

Austin Cook: By default, Cook claimed top-rookie honors for the second time this season in five starts. In the field off his win at the RSM, the last event prior to the holiday break, the 26-year-old finished T22 on 4-under 288 (74-74-70-70).

 

Season Form: T22-1-T50-T20-T25

FEC Rank: 5th (DOWN two)

OWGR: 128th (UP 16); career high

 

 

 

First-Timers: 14

Top-10 finishes: 1

 

 

Rahm was the only debutant to finish in the top 10. The recently crowned 2017 European Tour Rookie of the Year arrived off a seven-week break after winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, his second Euro Tour title in 15 career starts.

 

Chris Stroud: Honorable mention here goes to the 35-year-old Texan who finished T11 on 10-under 282 (72-66-72-72).

Season Form: T11-T49-CUT-T47-75-CUT

FEC Rank: 91st (UP 64)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

Justin Rose (1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

Jordan Spieth (9-T7-T7-2-P2)

Brian Harman (3-T4-8-T5)

Dustin Johnson (1-T2)

Rickie Fowler (T4-2)

William McGirt (T8-T10)

Peter Uihlein (T5-T10)

Alex Cejka (T9-P2)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:

 

 

Kevin Kisner (T17-T4-T3)

Cameron Smith (T17-3-T5)

Brooks Koepka (34-T2-6)

 

 

 

6 (of 9) winners had a top-25 finish the start prior (66.6%): Johnson, T2 (WGC-HSBC)

 

3 (of 9) winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (33.3%): Johnson, T2 (WGC-HSBC)

 

6 (of 9) winners this season have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday (66.6%), including Johnson.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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