Tournament of Champion longest drives: Dustin Johnson dominates in Maui

Tournament of Champion longest drives: Dustin Johnson dominates in Maui

Tournament of Champion longest drives: Dustin Johnson dominates in Maui

The world's No. 1 player with a lead is a daunting prospect anywhere, especially on a course where he is a past champion (2013) and has posted 20 out of his 30 rounds on the Plantation Course in the 60s.

The world record recognised by Guinness Records as the longest drive in a competition is 515-yards by 64-year-old Mike Austin.

Johnson now has won in 11 straight seasons. Similarly, Jordan Spieth has fallen out of striking distance when he was only able to manage a three under round of 70.

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"On this course, it's tough the way the wind was blowing today", said Brian Harman, who played in the final group with him and couldn't keep up, especially on the 12th hole.

Jon Rahm made his Kapalua debut by closing with a 69 to finish second.

Dustin Johnson will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions after a superb 66 on day three at Kapalua.

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"So I knew it was going to be pretty good I just didn't think I was going to have a tap-in". Rahm said after his round that catching Johnson would be hard, though he has the firepower to make life uneasy for him. He had a pair of double bogeys over the last four holes, sandwiched between birdies, shot 75 and was 18 shots behind. Will this dominant run continue or will another player be able to catch and overcome Johnson in the final round in paradise? The latter overcame an ordinary start in Maui to post another top-ten finish on 12 under par. "More for myself and confidence, after what happened in Shanghai, I wanted to prove to myself that I still. that ain't going to happen again".

Following up with three more birdies Johnson completed his round at 7 under to get him to sixteen under par for the Tournament.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth also carded a 66, bouncing back from an opening 75 to seize a share of 13th place, five strokes off the lead. "I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air and it did", Johnson said.

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"But everything's going in the right direction".

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