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                    === Zach Johnson wins by 1 in Hawaii ===
 
 Maui, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Johnson fired a bogey-free, 7-under-par 66
 on Monday to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by a single stroke.
 
 Johnson  tied Billy  Horschel for  the  low round  of the  day, carding  seven
 birdies  on the  Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. The 37-year-old finished
 the event at 19-under-par 273 and secured his 11th PGA Tour title.
 
 "I just picked it apart. I didn't deviate from anything that I typically do on
 the golf course," Johnson said of his performance.
 
 Reigning  PGA Tour  Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, who shared the overnight
 lead  with Dustin  Johnson and Webb Simpson,  shot 69 and took second place at
 18-under 274.
 
 Simpson  carded a 70 and tied for third at minus-17. The 2012 U.S. Open winner
 ended alongside Kevin Streelman, who birdied four of his last five holes for a
 final-round 67.
 
 Jason  Dufner  (69) grabbed fifth at  15-under, while Johnson (73), Adam Scott
 (69),  Matt  Kuchar (67) and Horschel  shared sixth at minus-14. Johnson, last
 year's champion, mixed five bogeys and five birdies during the final round.
 
 Zach  Johnson earned  his second victory in  less than a month, with the other
 coming  in  a playoff triumph over  Tiger Woods at the unofficial Northwestern
 Mutual World Challenge.
 
 At  this tournament, Johnson held the halfway lead before stumbling to a 74 on
 Sunday and falling two strokes off the pace. He wasted little time erasing the
 deficit  Monday, rolling home short birdie efforts at holes 2, 5 and 7 to join
 Spieth atop the leaderboard at minus-15.
 
 Spieth,  also  bogey-free during  the final  round, converted  one of his four
 birdies at the ninth to briefly reclaim the outright lead, but the 20-year-old
 couldn't  keep  pace with Johnson,  who brought home  the title with deft iron
 play.
 
 Johnson  again pulled  even with  Spieth  at the  12th, where  he dropped  his
 approach  from  90 yards within a  foot and tapped  in for birdie to reach 16-
 under.
 
 After  a  par at  the 13th,  Johnson drained three  straight birdie putts from
 within  eight feet  to pull ahead. The decisive run left Johnson three strokes
 clear and he parred out to end a minus-19.
 
 "Today  I  just tried  to remain  athletic," Johnson stated.  "I tried to stay
 unemotional,  remain  athletic over my putts  and as a  result we saw a lot go
 in."
 
 Spieth  birdied  the 17th to  move within a  pair and he  had a slim chance to
 force a playoff at the least, but his 90-foot eagle putt from the fringe ended
 five feet short of the cup.
 
 NOTES: Johnson's previous best (official) finish of the 2013-2014 season was a
 tie  for  16th at the  McGladrey Classic ... Since  his rookie season in 2004,
 only  Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have won more PGA Tour events than
 Johnson ... Eight of Johnson's 11 PGA Tour wins have come on Bermuda grass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/06 22:00:40 ET

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