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Sport Dustin Johnson 1 back of co-leaders Leishman, Harman at Tournament of Champions

19:02  06 january  2018
19:02  06 january  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

A new year begins at Kapalua, although the focus isn't all about golf just yet

  A new year begins at Kapalua, although the focus isn't all about golf just yet College football and knocking off the rust from the offseason were on the minds of PGA Tour pros who ventured out to the Plantation Course on New Year's DayHenley was hitting the course at sunrise, 7:03 a.m., for some short-game work, which is his focus for improvement in 2018, before embarking on a quick 18-hole tour of the quirky Plantation Course with Brian Harman. They obviously are motivated to have great seasons. They were getting after it. Like the passion.

Dustin Johnson 1 back of co-leaders Leishman, Harman at Tournament of Champions: LAHAINA, HI - JANUARY 05: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays a shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 5, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii.© Getty Images LAHAINA, HI - JANUARY 05: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays a shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 5, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Here is a recap of Round 2 of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii.

LEADING: Marc Leishman and Brian Harman co-lead at 10 under after each birdied the par-5 18th. Leishman, one of the hottest players in the world, shot 4-under 69. Harman carded a 5-under 68 for the second consecutive day.

Leishman cruised around the course for a bogey-free round with four birdies and is looking for his third win dating back to the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March. Not bad for his second trip to Kapalua.

Dustin Johnson acknowledges just how much his Masters slip and fall set him back

  Dustin Johnson acknowledges just how much his Masters slip and fall set him back Dustin Johnson was playing the best golf of his career prior to his injury on the eve of the Masters. He now says it took him five months to get his game back.That prospect became even more so after listening to Johnson during his press conference on Wednesday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, an event where the 2016 U.S. Open champion is making ninth appearance in the last 10 years. When asked about the stretch to start the season, in which he won three straight events, he acknowledged the roll he was on.

CHASING: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson got it going with a 5-under 68 despite back-to-back bogeys at holes No. 3-4. He made seven birdies the rest of the way and nearly chipped in for eagle at the par-5 18th to grab a share of the lead. He's alone in second at 9 under. 41-year-old Pat Perez shot 7-under 66 to shoot up the leaderboard and get to 8 under for the week. Perez had six birdies on the back nine and is looking for his second victory already this season. Chris Stroud is right there with him at 8 under while Jason Dufner is alone at 7 under. Rickie Fowler and Patrick Cantlay are among a group at 6 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Jordan Spieth was not pleased with his opening-round 75 but went nine shots lower Friday with a 7-under 66. The rally started with a 4-under 32 on the front nine thanks to this 70-foot chip in for eagle at No. 9. He's now 5 under and T-13.

Dustin Johnson says he's 'definitely capable' of accomplishing something Tiger Woods only did once in his career

  Dustin Johnson says he's 'definitely capable' of accomplishing something Tiger Woods only did once in his career Dustin Johnson says he's "definitely capable" of accomplishing something Tiger Woods only did once in his careerDuring his pre-tournament press conference at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Johnson was asked if he felt it was possible for any golfer to win nine or more times in a single season, something last accomplished by Vijay Singh in 2004. Johnson didn't hesitate to say yes, and he focused on one golfer in particular. Himself.

QUOTABLE: "Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off. Didn't make a birdie on nine, which sucks. … Didn't realize I shot 6 under on the back." - Pat Perez, after his 7-under 66

UP NEXT: Golf Channel will air third-round coverage Saturday from 3-7 p.m. Eastern. Follow all the action on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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