CARLSBAD, Calif. — After high winds and severe weather postponed the start of the 2013 PGA Tour season for three days at Kapalua, TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Dustin Johnson kicked off the year by seizing the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a convincing four-stroke victory. Playing the new R1 driver and RocketBladez Tour irons for the first time, DJ overpowered the Plantation Course and cruised to his seventh career win on the PGA Tour.
One of the longest hitters on Tour, DJ relentlessly attacked the shorter par-4s and 5s with the R1, a driver that features a visually striking crown graphic and which is TaylorMade’s most adjustable driver ever. To optimize his launch in Maui, DJ’s R1 driver was tuned to 10 degrees of loft, a neutral Face Angle and an 8-gram shot shape weight in the toe and a 2-gram in the heel. Johnson led the field in driving distance this week.
Also in DJ’s bag were TaylorMade’s new RocketBladez Tour irons, the first distance-oriented iron to be played on Tour. RocketBladez irons feature a “Speed Pocket” to promote faster ball speed and a higher launch angle for longer, high-flying, quick-stopping shots. One of the tournament’s memorable shots was DJ’s 243-yard approach on the par-5 18th hole on Sunday with an RBladez Tour 5-iron, which came to rest just feet from the hole before he converted the eagle.
The victory extends DJ’s streak of consecutive seasons with at least one PGA Tour victory to six. It was also the third time he has won a weather-shortened, 54-hole event (2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am & 2011 Barclay’s).
In Johnson’s Winning Bag:
R1 Driver 10° (Fujikura Fuel 2.0 X)
R11S Fairway 15.5° (Aldila RIP Series X)
R9 Fairway 19° (Aldila RIP Series X)
RocketBladez Tour Irons (3-PW, Dynamic Gold X100)
TP xFT Wedges 54°, 60° (KBS Black Nickel)
PENTA TP5 golf ball