Tournament of Champions. DJ Wins By 8.

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DJ. World #1 Dustin Johnson of the USA wins the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii by 8 shots, totally destroying the rest of the field.

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DJ cruised to victory in the Tournament of Champions with a final round -8 under par 65, to post a -24 under par total on the Plantation Course. At this rate Dustin should easily win every tournament he enters this year; scary;

“When I’m out there playing the only thing I’m focused on is the shot that I got to hit next. If my mind’s wandering and thinking about other things, then I’m not going to have a good day.”

“But if I can stay focused just on what I’m supposed to be doing, the shot I want to hit, and the next shot that I’m going to hit, then that’s how I have success.”

“Golf is so funny, it really doesn’t matter what you did yesterday.”

“This game, it changes very, very easily. So, for me, it’s just all about pushing forward, and you can’t change anything that happened in the past. You can only control what you’re going to do.”

For the record Jon Rahm, of Spain claimed second place at -16 under par, he carded a last round -4 under 69.

Brian Harman ended up with third position, a final round -1 under 72 no way near where he should have been, but at least he can console himself with 3rd position at -15 under par.

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Tournament of Champions. DJ Leads by 2.

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DJ, Dustin Johnson, the World #1 leads the Tournament of Champions by two shots after 54 holes on the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

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DJ fired a third round -7 under par 66 to top the Tournament of Champions leaderboard in Hawaii, throwing in an Eagle 2 at the par four 12th hole for good measure. He has a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow, at -16 under par, but the wind will be at it’s worst.

Brian Harman is those two shots back at -14 under par, and very much in contention in this tournament, carding -4 under par 69 today;

“I can’t control what Dustin does. He’s a fabulous player.”

“He’s going to be really hard to beat tomorrow, but trying to do something I’m not capable of is not the way to do it.”

Getting everyone’s attention was third placed Jon Rahm, from Spain, who went birdie, Eagle,  birdie, par, birdie in his last five holes to also post -7 under par 66 today, claiming third position on his own at -12 under par.

Jon wants to start better tomorrow, but bogey free like today would be good;

“Being bogey-free, it shows I haven’t made many mistakes, and the mistakes I made I was able to fix.”

“Hopefully, I can play good down the stretch like I’ve been doing, just start a little better on the front nine.” 

“I told my caddie when we first started working together that I don’t play well on Bermuda.”

“I had a hard time reading the greens, chipping. I had to change the way I chipped for Bermuda.”

Ricky Fowler and Jason Dufner are a further shot back tied at -11 under, and if the wind does play havoc tomorrow, could be in with a chance. Ricky carded -5 under 68 for his third round while Jason signed for -4 under 69.

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Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in Hawaii, Marc Leishman, Australia and Brian Harman, USA, share the honor.

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Marc was bogey free today with his -4 under 69, while Brian carded -5 under 68, which included two bogey’s, to join him at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -10 under par for the two rounds completed.

Marc likes to win;

“I don’t really need to change anything. Certainly, going to play to win.”

“I mean that’s what we are here for and after last year getting a taste for it, it would be nice to do it again as soon as possible.”

“It would be nice to just keep playing the way I’m playing and hopefully seal up the TOUR Championship earlier so you can go into the FedExCup Playoffs not thinking about getting into the TOUR Championship, you’re thinking about winning tournaments.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, holds third place at -9 under par following his second round -5 under par 68, and he is happy with the way he is playing;

 “It sets up well. It’s windy, so you really have to strike the ball well.”

 “I think that’s a big factor out here, especially with all this wind. You hit solid shots, you can control it and you can hit some good ones. It’s the miss-hits when the wind’s blowing this hard that can really take it way off-line.”

“So I feel like I strike the ball very well and I control my distance pretty well. And it’s a lot of feel around here. You hardly ever hit full shots, I feel like. So I kind of like it.”

Three players then share fourth spot at -8 under, Pat Perez, and Chris Stroud, both recording 7 under 66 today, and both from the USA, they are joined by Jhonattan  Vegas from Venezuela, he signed for a second round -3 under par 70. 

Pat was upset at a couple of mistakes he made today;

 “Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off.”

“Didn’t make a birdie on nine, which sucks.”

“Didn’t realize I shot six under on the back.” 

“I still can’t believe what’s transpired in the last 17 months, but I’m just trying to enjoy every day of it. I’m having a blast.”

 

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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RSM Classic. Rookie Austin Cook Has 36 Hole Lead

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Rookie Austin Cook has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic, shooting 62 in the second round on the Seaside Course.

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Austin shot -8  under par 62 in the second round of the RSM Classic to take the lead heading into the weekend with a -14 under par total;

“I never remember doing what I just did on that golf course.”

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I’ve played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season.”

“Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

Holding second place is Brian Gay, at -13 under par, a second round -6 under 64 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Three players are then tied in third place at -9 under par, C.T. Pan, Taipei, -7 under 65 on the Plantation Course, Chris Kirk, even par 70 at Seaside, and Vaughn Taylor, -4 under 66 also on the Seaside Course.

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RSM Classic. Chris Kirk Leads.

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Chris Kirk leads the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

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Chris shot a first round -9 under par 63 on the Plantation Course at Sea Island to lead the RSM Classic by one shot.

Chris, who made Eagle at the last hole, used his putter well needing only 23 putts on his round today;

“It was fun seeing all of those putts going in.”

“That’s kind of what I’ve struggled with over the past year, and why I haven’t had the results I’ve come to expect.”

“So to have a day like today; hopefully I can make a bunch more of them.”

Joel Dahmen is in second place, with -8 under par 64, he also played the Plantation Course;

“Being out here last year helped a lot, I was kind of a deer in the headlights, honestly, for the first half of the year.”

“Seeing the courses, just being familiar out here is a huge thing.”

“I only played nine holes of practice rounds this week; I just felt like my game’s in pretty good shape.” 

Three other Plantation players are tied in third spot at -7 under par, following their opening rounds of 65; Jason Kokrak, Hudson Swafford and Brian Gay.

Nick Watney and Brice Garnett  are the top players who navigated the Seaside  Course carding -5 under par 65’s, to be in the group at T8.

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Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Wins.

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Justin Thomas wins the SBS Tournament of Champions, his second win of the 2016/17 season.

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Justin carded a final round -4 under par 69 to win the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii. His winning total of -22 under par gave him a three shot victory.

Justin worked hard to get his three career wins, watching others get ahead spurned him on;

“I think it drove me a lot. I wasn’t mad, but it was maybe a little frustrating sometimes seeing some friends and peers my age do well.” 

“Not because I wasn’t cheering for them because I feel like I was as good as them.”

“It’s just immature of me. I mean, the fact of the matter is, over the course of a long career, we’re going to beat each other. That’s just how it is.”

“I think now, I feel so much more comfortable. I really do. Maybe the first time in Malaysia when I won, I was maybe kind of like, what am I doing here, but now it’s like, okay, I belong here, I should be here.”

“I still have plenty of other goals that I would like to achieve and stuff that’s over the long-term, the course of the year.”

“I’m going to have to regroup and focus on next week, because next week is a course that I really like and I feel like another good opportunity for me to be in the hunt and have a chance to win.”

“I think that’s where I’m growing a little bit more in that it’s week-to-week. It’s not looking at previous weeks when I’m at a tournament or looking at following events when I’m at a tournament; it’s I am focusing on that week.”

“And once it’s over, take the positives, try to blow over the negatives and go on to the next.”

Claiming second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, at -19 under par for the tournament, -3 under par 70 today was not what he was looking for, his poor putting taking the blame;

“Justin had a little trouble at fifteen and then I was really in it. But my putter let me down there at 16, 17 and 18.”

“I tipped my hat to Justin. He played well all day long. Had a little hiccup there at 15, but I just say congratulations to him. He deserved it.”

Third place was shared between Jordan Spieth, -8 under 65 today, Pat Perez -6 under 67, and Ryan Moore with -2 under 71, all finished with -16 under par totals.