Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Dustin Johnson drives home point he's the man to beat

Dustin Johnson drives home point he's the man to beat

The world record recognised by Guinness Records as the longest drive in a competition is 515-yards by 64-year-old Mike Austin. He captured the Tournament of Champions in 2013, and he could become the first player to win the event twice since Australia's Geoff Ogilvy earned back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.

Hope for the players chasing him comes from Johnson's most recent start on the PGA Tour.

American golfer Dustin Johnson has channelled his inner Happy Gilmore, absolutely smashing a drive from the tee of a par four. So yeah, I'm going to try not to think about it tomorrow. I'm very proud of being able to do that.

Johnson seized control quickly Saturday at Kapalua.

The tap in eagle - his second on the weekend on the same hole after his hole out wedge from 72 yards on Saturday - increased his margin to seven shots.

Johnson wasn't sure how far it was, and that wasn't really significant.

But nearly inexplicably the ball pulled up just six inches short of the hole, likely slowed up by a small sun shower that hit the course just moments earlier. "I knew as long as I could keep doing that I was going to play well". "And, obviously, it went in, so that was definitely a nice bonus".

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The rest of his round was power golf. Once it rolled on the green, it made a flawless track toward the hole for an ace on a par 4.

At 13-under for the week Leishman finished in a share of seventh place, 11 shots behind Johnson though only three from second placed Rahm. JD continued with his momentum has he moved onto the back nine.

One shot defined the tournament - his tee shot on the 12th hole.

Johnson and Rahm have a little history. His lone bobble was a bogey at No. 11, but he rebounded with an eagle on the par-4 12th hole, then added three more birdies coming home.

Rahm loves being in the mix with Johnson, even if the outcome hasn't gone in his favor.

He said: "I still got a lot of work to do".

The world No 1 assumed control on the front nine with three birdies in four holes starting on the third before completing a superb outward 32 with another birdie at the ninth.

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