Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dustin Johnson leads at Kapalua as Jon Rahm surges into contention

Dustin Johnson leads at Kapalua as Jon Rahm surges into contention

Marc Leishman is doing his best to claim a top-five result at the US PGA's Tournament of Champions as world No.1 Dustin Johnson steamrolls his way to a big lead during the final round.

World No.4 Jon Rahm is his nearest challenger at Kapalua's Plantation course on Maui, with Leishman in a group of five players tied for third.

As it stands, Johnson is -22 and in the lead on the final day of play.

Brian Harman, who started the day two shots behind Johnson atop the leaderboard, closed with a one-under 72 for sole possession of third place on 277.

"I knew I was playing well and it's a golf course I'm really comfortable on and I felt like I've really been driving it well this week".

Despite his advantage, Johnson has the memory of spurning a six-shot lead at the HSBC Champions late a year ago but is confident he will not fall to the same fate in Hawaii.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Americans Rickie Fowler and Pat Perez were another shot back at 14-under.

Johnson then followed up that eagle with three consecutive birdies from the 14th to seal a second win at Kapalua after his first in 2013.

But he three-putted from the rear fringe before offsetting a birdie at nine with his only blemish of the day at the tough 11th, although he atoned immediately when his flawless pitch-and-run from over 72 yards rolled into the cup for an eagle-two.

Turns out Johnson was about three rotations away from holing it. "Even when I made the turn, I think I was 20-under I told myself to get it to 25".

Johnson, who seized the world number one ranking last February, has now won at least one USA tour title for 11 straight years. "Things are going in the right direction".

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