Is an 8-win deteriorate probable for Dustin Johnson in 2018?

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii brings out a tip turn of confidence given it hosts a opening events of a new year, even if a deteriorate started 3 months ago.

Sergio Garcia won during Kapalua in 2002 and talked about winning a income list on both sides of a Atlantic, a confidant devise that went badly when he finished 12th on a PGA Tour income list. Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and David Duval are a usually Kapalua champions who won mixed times on a PGA Tour a rest of a year.

So a suspicion that someone could have an eight-win deteriorate — finished 3 times by Tiger Woods, once by Vijay Singh in a final 40 years — doesn’t seem as doubtful now as it competence be during a finish of a year.

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“I unequivocally consider we can,” pronounced Dustin Johnson, who has won 8 times in a final 30 months and will never contend he can’t do anything. “There’s a lot of unequivocally good players out here on tour, and for me to do that, I’m going to have to play some unequivocally good golf. But I’m unequivocally able of it.”

Thomas, entrance off a five-win deteriorate (and 5 wins in a calendar year) isn’t one to bashful divided from a staggering task, either. He also offering some viewpoint when looking during a report of tip players.

“There’s a handful of guys able of a huge-win deteriorate like that,” he said. “But that being said, with some of a bigger names — or guys personification reduction — it’s going to be some-more difficult. Guys personification 17 to 22 events, we meant that would be flattering strong. Tiger did it, yet we consider he’s in another area when it comes to that conversation.”

Woods won 8 times in 21 events in 1999, 9 times in 20 events in 2000 and 8 times in 15 starts — a winning rate of 53 percent — in 2006.

Six players won mixed times in 2017, that creates it even tougher.

Rickie Fowler won’t contend it’s impossible, yet he felt a debate was simply too deep.

“I don’t see that subdivision between a tip 10, 15 players in a world,” Fowler said. “Obviously you’re saying guys — it doesn’t matter their ranking — uncover adult during a debate event, anyone can unequivocally win. And it shows we how many improved Tiger unequivocally was than a infancy of players in a early 2000s. we don’t see it being really likely, yet it’s unequivocally not unfit to have an eight- or nine-win season.”

Thomas, Jason Day (2015) and Jordan Spieth (2015) are a usually players besides Woods, Singh and Nick Price to win 5 times in a year over a final 25 years.

“Five and 6 is a flattering special year,” Fowler said. “You get past that mark, usually go hang adult a clubs and go hang during a beach.”


Marc Leishman watched his tee shot on a 14th hole during Kapalua cruise to a right and figured he was headed for a large number.

He didn’t design to be personification from someone’s backyard.

One of a peculiarities of a Plantation Course came into play final week during a Sentry Tournament of Champions, and a story involves a realistic homeowner. The 14th hole is a reachable standard 4, with knee-high local weed to a right that swallows adult erring shots. The PGA Tour extrinsic white out-of-bounds stakes during a corner of a home over a local grass. It was usually tough to keep them there.

Turns out a homeowner didn’t wish them backing his yard and kept stealing them. The debate would put them back. The subsequent day they would be gone.

Some 6 years ago, a pivotal Kapalua executive took debate officials to plead this with a homeowner. He wouldn’t answer a door. So a debate motionless to let players strike from his backyard if it came to that.

And that’s what Leishman did in a opening round. Jordan Spieth played from there, too.

“It was a terrible tee shot. we suspicion it was out-of-bounds for sure,” Leishman said. “And afterwards we called a manners central usually to be sure, and he pronounced we could play it. we left a large hole in their backyard, so when they get home, they’ll be surprised.”

It substantially was a bigger hole than a interest would have made.

Slugger White, a tour’s clamp boss of competition, says a backyard many expected will be noted out-of-bounds subsequent year by regulating white paint to symbol a boundary.


Brad Fritsch of Canada has been dangling by a PGA Tour for 3 months for violating a anti-doping policy. He told a debate a addition he had been holding enclosed a criminialized substance, and underneath a policy, acknowledgment is a same as a unsuccessful test.

Most conspicuous about this cessation — a fifth given a process was enacted in 2008 — is how stirring Fritsch was in a Facebook post to explain what happened and since he has no one to censure yet himself.

Fritsch was on a diet module when a content sell with one of his brothers done him comprehend he had not entirely checked what he was taking. The final addition contained DHEA, that is on a criminialized list.

He immediately texted Andy Levinson, who is in assign of a anti-doping program.

Fritsch pronounced he supports a policy, generally a transparency, and he wasn’t about to consider differently given it happened to him.

“I usually wish we had paid courtesy to a details,” he said.


Brooks Koepka pronounced during a Hero World Challenge that one idea for 2018 was to get healthy. It was afterwards that he suggested a puzzling pain in his left wrist that flush on Dec. 2, a weekend before he went to a Bahamas.

“I can’t hold anything clever with a left hand,” pronounced Koepka, who wound adult finishing final in an 18-man field.

Asked how he felt dual days before a Tournament of Champions, that is indifferent for players who won on a PGA Tour a prior year, he pronounced he was excellent yet displayed a demeanour that wasn’t all that convincing. The measure spoke volumes. Koepka was a usually actor in a 34-man margin who was over standard all 4 rounds. He finished last, 39 shots behind good crony Dustin Johnson.

Koepka’s manager pronounced some-more tests were planned. Koepka, who won a U.S. Open during Erin Hills final year, is off for a subsequent 3 weeks before his subsequent scheduled start in Phoenix.

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Jon Rahm has been vital in Arizona for 5 years, prolonged adequate that he feels Americanized. Maybe a best explanation of that came in Dec when he went home to see his family in Spain for scarcely a month before Christmas.

It wasn’t usually a food. It was dish time. Rahm pronounced he doesn’t eat cooking until 8 p.m., especially given “there’s zero open until 8.”

“When we go back, it takes me a while,” he said. “Spain is a usually nation where we start cooking one day and finish it a next.”


The Golf Writers Association of America has voted Justin Thomas, Bernhard Langer and Lexi Thompson as their players of a year for 2017. Thompson was a usually one who didn’t win a major. … The CareerBuilder Challenge has given a sponsor’s grant to Charlie Reiter, a comparison during Palm Desert (California) High School who done a cut during a Australian Open final month. … Ten of a prior 19 winners during Kapalua didn’t win a PGA Tour eventuality a rest of a year. That wasn’t a box a final dual years with Thomas (who won 4 some-more times) or Jordan Spieth (who won Colonial). This year it falls to Dustin Johnson. … Brooks Koepka, coping with a puzzling wrist ailment, has warranted $160,000 in his final dual starts while finishing final opposite an 18-man and 34-man field.


All yet 7 players in a 34-man margin during Kapalua had during slightest one expostulate strike 400 yards or longer.


“We’d tie, right?” — Dustin Johnson, when asked a plea he would face if he had to play opposite himself.

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