The Sentry Tournament of Champions wrapped up Sunday evening with Dustin Johnson far and away blowing out the field on his way to wrapping up the first tournament of 2018.
Johnson entered Sunday with the lead and never looked back, finishing 24-under, eight shots ahead of second place finisher Jon Rahm.
Golf’s No. 1 player in the world turned a two shot lead into one of the best performances of his career. Johnson was brutally tearing through the course and shattering any potential excitement on Sunday.
“If I can play like that every week, I’m going to win a lot of times,” Johnson said.
Johnson had one of the more impressive drives the Tour fans will see all season long as he mashed a driver on the 12th hole and landed the ball six inches from the cup. The hole was 433 yards ahead.
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— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) January 8, 2018
“I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line,” Johnson said. “I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did. So I knew it was going to be pretty good. I just didn’t think I was going to have a tap-in.”
Jordan Spieth finished 4-under for the day and 12-under for the tournament was not happy with his ninth place finish but chose to commend Johnson’s ability to hold on to such a big lead.
“The most difficult part is, I guess, trying to stay within your own game and not play off his,” Spieth said.
Johnson had a solid lead after nine holes but wasn’t about to look back and begin to let off the gas to put the tournament in any doubt.
“Even when I made the turn, I think I was at 20 under, I told myself my goal was to get it to 25,” Johnson said. “I just kind of kept the pedal down making the turn and played really well again on the back side too.”
With the win, Johnson affirmatively commands the No. 1 spot in the world and proved that despite Justin Thomas winning a lot last year, including this event, and Tiger Woods’ return dominating headlines, it’s still Johnson’s tour and they are all just playing in it.