The first tournament and we’ve already probably seen the shot of the year.
The final round of the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation Course on Maui Hawaii was dominated by Dustin Johnson who outclassed the field. He said that he was pleased with how flush he was hitting the ball and his visualisation of every shot was accurate. His drive at the 433 yard 12th hole was a thing of wonder. His usual powerful cut at the ball made it land within inches of the hole, the closest there’s been to a par 4 ace in over 15 years. Dustin said he played as well as around this time last year when he won three tournaments in a row. He’s now won in 11 consecutive seasons, and this win is his 17th on the PGA tour.
I sometimes wonder if I had been born male which professional I would most want to be. It’s hard not to want to emulate DJ, he’s one of the most naturally gifted athletes I’ve ever seen, it comes so naturally and easily to him, I just love watching him hit the ball. However, it’s a roller coaster ride at times as he does have the same combination of accident prone (falling down the stairs before last year’s Masters taking him out of the frame) and self destructiveness (imploding at his previous last start at the WGC-HSBC in Shanghai to let Justin Rose in) that Greg Norman used to have. How can golf be boring with a World Number One like DJ? All things considered though, if I had been born male I’d want to be Stenson, formidable competitor with a charming personality. Him – or Walter Hagen, that would be fun. Wouldn’t want people likening me to King Kong.