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The Tour Report

January 5 2013

6:11 PM

Is Dustin Johnson now the favorite?

Dustin Johnson has two victories at weather-shortened events in his career. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)


Dustin Johnson was one of the favorites coming into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He might be even more of factor now.

Of Johnson's six victories on the PGA TOUR, two have come at weather-shortened events.

Johnson won The Barclays in 2011 when he rallied to win after carding a final-round 65 in the Hurricane Irene-shortened event. Johnson also won the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when weather shortened that event to 54 holes. Johnson took a four-shot lead at Pebble Beach before heavy rain forced officials to cancel the final round and declare Johnson the champion.

Johnson also won last season's FedEx St. Jude Classic, the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 2010 BMW Championship and the 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship.

After a season in which he finished eighth in the FedExCup points race, Johnson surely has his sights set on even more. His distance off the tee -- he ranked fourth in driving distance at 310.2 yards in 2012 -- will certainly help on a soggy course at Kapalua.