Dustin Johnson ended a windy week with a wild ride Tuesday that carried him to the first win of the PGA Tour season in Kapalua, Hawaii.
Despite hitting two drives into bushes and high grass that cost him three shots, Johnson never lost the lead. He closed with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory in the Tournament of Champions, though it was up for grabs with five holes remaining.
"It was nowhere near ho-hum," Johnson said.
Defending champion Steve Stricker came within a fraction of an inch of tying for the lead until his birdie putt peeled away from the cup on the 13th hole, which Johnson chopped up for a double bogey. With only a one-shot lead, Johnson pitched in from 50 feet in front of the 14th green to restore his three-shot lead, and Stricker never challenged him after that.
"It definitely got close out there today," said Johnson, who finished at 16-under 203. "Sometimes I hit a couple of bad drives, but I was always able to bounce back and do what I needed to do to stay out front."
Johnson won for the sixth straight season since leaving college at Coastal Carolina, the longest streak since Tiger Woods won in 14 straight years. Only Phil Mickelson (nine) has a longer active streak of most consecutive years with a PGA Tour win.
Brandt Snedeker (69) finished third, six shots behind. Bubba Watson (71) and Keegan Bradley (70) were another shot back.
The winners-only tournament didn't start until the fourth
First baseman Adam LaRoche agreed to a two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year with the Washington Nationals. LaRoche, 33, hit .271 with 33 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Nationals last season.
Dr. Bryan Kelly is scheduled to operate Jan. 16 on the 37-year-old's left hip, which has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst.
A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State program under coach Mike Leach, the league said Tuesday.
The findings of the independent review mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations, which was released last month.
Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson contended near the end of last football season that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. Wilson, who quit the team, subsequently recanted his allegations.
The chief of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tells "60 Minutes Sports" that a representative for Lance Armstrong offered the agency a "donation" in excess of $150,000 several years before a USADA investigation led to Armstrong being stripped of seven Tour de France titles.
In an interview on the show's premiere airing on Showtime on Wednesday night, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said he was "stunned" when he received the offer in 2004.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied such an offer was made.