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Tournament of Champions: Johnson Wins in Hawaii
Zach Johnson recorded his third win in six tournaments with an exhilarating one-shot victory in the coveted Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
The American, 37, shot a bogey-free seven-under 66 to turn the tables on his opponents following an overnight two-shot deficit, eventually winning on 19 under.
20-year-old Jordan Spieth birdied his last two holes to move to 18 under, however it was Johnson who parred the par-five 18th to claim a deserved victory.
Webb Simpson, who was playing as much for his caddy as himself, and Kevin Streelman, were tied for third place on 17 under, while defending champion Dustin Johnson was left behind to finish in sixth.
This victory for Johnson on the Plantation Course at Kapalua follows hot on the heels of his success in the World Challenge in California last month, where he was able to outshine World Number One Tiger Woods in a scintillating play-off. He also picked up a superb victory at the BMW Championship in September.
The 11th title of his career to date, Johnson is now set to begin his 11th season on tour. Since his rookie year in 2004, only Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have claimed more titles in that period; a fine achievement.
Tournament of Champions Hawaii Final Leaderboard:
-19: Z Johnson (US) -18: J Spieth (US) -17: W Simpson (US), K Streelman (US) -15: J Dufner (US) -14: B Horschel (US), D Johnson (US), M Kuchar (US), A Scott (Aus) Selected other: -9 M Laird (Sco)