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January 02, 2013

Johnson kicking season off Friday in Hawaii

Dustin Johnson is one of 30 players out of the 37 who are eligible as winners in 2012 in the field of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions from Friday through Monday.

The Plantation Course at Kapalua is the only par-73 track the PGA Tour utilizes and is a virtual birdie fest and haven for big hitters.

The course has just three par 3s to accompany the customary set of four par 5s. The course can stretch to 7,411 yards but that length is misleading with the course set on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains.

According to the PGA Tour, 41 of the 67 tee balls that traveled at least 400 yards in tour events in 2012 occurred at Kapalua. Gary Woodland boomed the longest of the season with a 450-yard blast on the 18th hole in his first round last year. The course annually ranks at or near the top of courses on tour with the highest percentage of greens hit in regulation.

Johnson is participating in his fourth season-opening tournament of champions events and has finished 11th, 16th and ninth. His best score has been 14-under par.

Johnson is entering his sixth season on the PGA Tour and has won an event in each of his first five. He can make it six-for-six this weekend.

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