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January 7 2013

6:43 PM

Johnson (-4) finally gets season started

After spending two days as a spectator, Dustin Johnson finally got to tee off at Kapalua on Monday and he made the most of his season debut.

Johnson carded six birdies, including one on his closing hole, to cap a 4-under 69 that left him tied with Nick Watney and Mark Wilson after 18 holes of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The first round had been halted and washed out each of the previous two days but conditions were stable enough Monday to allow the 2013 PGA TOUR season to get under way.

“I only missed one green and in this wind, that's pretty good,” Johnson said between his first and second rounds on Monday. “Drove it pretty well, too. Just it's really tough once you get on the green. I had three 3‑putts, but other than that, I played really solid.”

Johnson has a history of thriving in less-than-stellar weather conditions. Two of his six PGA TOUR victories have come in events shortened to 54 holes. After 36 holes on Monday and a final 18 on Tuesday, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions projects to be a 54-hole event.

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