Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Final Round Recap and Tournament Review

After 3 straight days of wind, rain, and cancelled golf, the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions is finally complete.  Tournament directors and PGA Tour officials decided to cut the tournament to 54 holes in order to get play in.  Two rounds were played yesterday and the final round was played today.

Dustin Johnson entered the final round with a three-stroke lead over Steve Stricker.  Brandt Snedeker, who started the day at 6-under par and five stokes back, played the first 6 holes at 5-under and brought himself within one of the lead.  But Johnson had a solid start with 3 birdies in the first seven, while Stricker shot 3 under on the front nine.  Snedeker then ran into trouble, bogeying holes 7, 8, and 9 to fall back.

On the back nine, the tournament seemed to come down to Johnson and Stricker.  Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley made a small push but ultimately struggled to keep pace with Stricker and Johnson.  After a double bogey at hole 13, Johnson only held a one-stroke lead over Stricker.  But an eagle at 14 followed by a birdie at 15 pushed the lead back to three strokes.  Johnson wrapped up a four shot victory with a birdie at hole 18.  Stricker's bogey-free 69 was not enough to win but earned him a solo-second.

This is Johnson's seventh PGA Tour victory and his third 54-hole tournament victory.  Johnson has won the last three shortened tournaments on the PGA Tour.  Snedeker finished at 10-under par and in solo third, and Bradley and Watson rounded out the top-5 at 9-under par.  Rickie Fowler fired the round of the day, a six-under 67 to finish T6.

The PGA Tour next travels to The Sony Open, the second tournament in the Hawaii series.

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