Date: January 09, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Johnson takes out season opener

Dustin Johnson overcame a back-nine double bogey to claim his seventh PGA Tour win at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Taking a three-shot lead from eventual runner-up Steve Stricker into the third round of the weather-curtailed event in Hawaii, Johnson was cruising to victory until a wayward drive lead to two dropped shots on the 13th hole. The American cancelled out the blemish immediately, chipping in for eagle at the next hole and polishing off his scorecard with a pair of late birdies to record a final-round 68 and 16 under total overall. The win was Johnson&aposs third at a weather-shortened event after he claimed the 2011 Barclays and the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am across 54 holes. He finished four shots clear of compatriot Stricker, who fell short in his title defence at Kapalua despite rolling in four birdies in a bogey-free 69 on Tuesday. Stricker had an opportunity to level with the leader on the 13th after Johnson&aposs double, but the 45-year-old missed a birdie putt that would have completed a three-shot swing. Brandt Snedeker claimed outright third on 10 under following a final round of assorted fortunes, with the FedEx Cup champion sinking six birdies and an eagle in his four-under 69, which was tainted by three straight bogeys before the turn followed by another dropped shot on the 13th. Ryder Cup team-mates Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley shared fourth place on nine under, and Rickie Fowler and Tommy Gainey continued the local dominance of the scorecard a further shot back in tied sixth. Swede Carl Petterson was next best on seven under, while Englishman Ian Poulter and American Matt Kuchar leapt into the top 10 following final-round 69s to share ninth on five under.