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Johnson admits liking for Hawaiian track

3rd January 2019, 14:18 by Simon Barlow

Dustin Johnson says he "likes the course" ahead of this week's Tournament of Champions while Brooks Koepka aims to build on last year.

Koepka, the world number one, is among nine of the top 10-ranked players that will play at Kapalua in Hawaii - in an event reserved for the winners of PGA Tour titles in 2018.

Having played at the course twice before, finishing tied for third in 2016 and 34th last year, Koepka knows what to expect from the par-73 Plantation Course of 7,411 yards which features wide fairways and generous greens designed for low scoring.

"Any time you can come here, it’s always a treat and it’s always fun," Koepka said. "It’s a good place to start off the year and kind of get a feel and see how things are going. Obviously excited to build on the year I had last year and looking forward to it."

Former number one Johnson won this event last year by a staggering eight strokes and just missed a hole-in-one on a par-4 by 6 inches.

In eight previous appearances dating back to 2009 Johnson has two wins and six top 10s overall.

"I like the golf course," said the American. "I feel like I play it pretty well, and yeah, I’m looking forward to this year. Obviously, you’ve done OK if you’re playing here the first week of the year and a place I enjoy coming back to every year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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