The wind-delayed PGA Tour season finally started and Dustin Johnson wasted no time taking control in the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
KAPALUA, Hawaii — The PGA Tour season finally started Monday, and Dustin Johnson wasted no time taking control in the Tournament of Champions.
Johnson had not played the Plantation Course at Kapalua since Thursday. Once he got started, he hardly missed a shot.
Johnson had seven putts at eagle over 36 holes, four on the back nine alone in the second round. When his marathon day ended, he had rounds of 69-66 for a three-stroke lead over defending champion Steve Stricker.
Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the season started on the day the winners-only tournament was supposed to finish.
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The final round is Tuesday and Golf Channel coverage is to start at 9 a.m. PST.
Johnson at times overpowered Kapalua, twice driving the green on par-4 holes, one of them into the wind. He was at 11-under par.
Stricker (71-67 — 138) coped with “shooting pain down my leg” and wasn’t hitting full-strength shots.
“Nobody knows if it’s a muscle with pressure on the sciatic nerve or if there’s a problem with a disk,” he said.
Bubba Watson (70-69 — 139) was in third place.
Ryan Moore (72-77 — 149) of Puyallup was tied for 24th place and Kyle Stanley (78-80 — 158) of Gig Harbor was last in the field of 30.
In one 12-hole stretch, Stanley had six bogeys and a double bogey.
Johnson arrived in Maui a week early and had six practice rounds on the course before the winds took over. The former college standout at Coastal Carolina has a new TaylorMade driver and irons and wanted to make sure he made the adjustment.
“I’m pretty pleased with my equipment. I’m pretty pleased with my game right now,” Johnson said.
Johnson is seeking to win in his sixth straight season since leaving college, the longest streak of any player since Tiger Woods.