Par 4s are of little obstacle to Dustin Johnson, who was sixth in par-4 scoring last season at a 3.99 mark. An improved approach game is partly in play, but let's not beat around the bush: It's DJ's brute force off the tee that fuels this fire. A sentiment on display at Kapalua on Saturday morning.
Johnson, who turned in the round of the day with a seven-under 66, went with the big stick on the Plantation Course's 382-yard par-4 sixth. The hole tours downhill, making it reachable for many in the field. Johnson did more than that, coming within inches of an ace:
Granted, Johnson didn't take advantage of his moon ball, three-putting the sixth to walk off with a disappointing par. Of course, maybe we shouldn't be too surprised: despite his stellar TOC track record (one win, five top 10s_, he's just two under in his career on the hole.
Conversely, he enters tomorrow's final round with the lead, and if he continues to hit tee shots like that, don't be surprised if he grabs the first win of 2018.