Dustin Johnson almost aces 433-yard par 4 at Tournament of Champions

Sentry Insurance’s logo enjoys a prominent place between the 10th and 13th greens at the Kapalua Plantation Course.- The Maui News  MATTHEW THAYER

Sentry Insurance’s logo enjoys a prominent place between the 10th and 13th greens at the Kapalua Plantation Course.- The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER

If Johnson's ball had have rolled that extra six inches, he would have been just the second person in PGA history to hit a hole-in-one on a par four, following Andrew Magee at TPC Scottsdale in 2001.

"I knew I was playing well and it's a golf course that I'm really confident on", Johnson said. "I was really driving it well this week".

Last season Johnson won four times, marking the best year of his career, and he said in Hawaii that he believed it was possible for somebody to win eight times or more in a year.

Johnson, who held a two-shot lead going into the final day of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, absolutely smashed a ball from 433 yards.

Why bother deciding between being lucky or good when you can just be both?

He played the 12th hole in four shots on the weekend.

He has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in all 11 of his seasons since his rookie year in 2008 - the longest active streak on TOUR.

As for the author of Chamblee's greatest hit, the 17-time tour victor was not almost so impressed with his prowess, joking as he walked to the green that he "hit it a little thin" and "came up a little short".

Johnson won for the 17th time on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time dating to the Genesis Open at Riviera last February. "I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did". It only crossed his mind when it was mentioned to him on Saturday.

The 25-year-old started off strong with birdies on Nos. "I didn't want it to have to come down to the last couple holes", he said.

Harman closed with a 72 to finish third, while Hideki Matsuyama (66), Pat Perez (69) and Rickie Fowler (70) were another shot behind.

"I got off to a great start, and I want to keep it going, " Johnson said.

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