KAPALUA, Hawaii — The PGA Tour season finally got under way on Monday, and Dustin Johnson wasted no time taking control in the Tournament of Champions.
Johnson had not played the Plantation Course at Kapalua since Thursday. Once he got started, he didn't miss many shots. He had four putts at eagle on the back nine in the second round. He missed only three greens in regulation. And when his 36-hole day ended, Johnson had rounds of 69-66 to take the lead into the final round today. Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the season started on the day its first tournament was supposed to finish. Johnson was at 11-under 135, good enough for a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker.
Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the PGA Tour finally got its 2013 season started on the day its first tournament was supposed to finish. Johnson, who showed up on Maui a week before the tournament and played just about every day, three-putted three times in five holes and still had a 4-under 69 in his first round.
Mark Wilson and Nick Watney, who rolled in a long eagle putt on his last hole, shared the lead after the first round with Johnson. The 69s matched the highest score to lead after one round in 15 years this tournament has been held on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
But there were no complaints. At least they were playing.
As long as Johnson has been at Kapalua, this was his first time playing a full round in five days. He was among four players who had not even teed off when the first round was scuttled on Friday and Sunday. It was too windy to even try to start on Saturday.