Winner’s Bag: Dustin Johnson, Sentry Tournament of Champions
- January 08, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Dustin Johnson dominates the field of winners at Sentry
It didn’t take Dustin Johnson long to break in his new TaylorMade equipment on the course. Using a new M4 driver for the very first time, Johnson hit the defining shot of the tournament with the club on the par-4 12th hole at Kapalua’s Plantation Course during the final round.
Coming off a frustrating bogey, Johnson rocketed his tee shot over 430 yards and watched as it raced down the hill to within a couple inches of the cup for a tap-in eagle. The improbable shot started a torrid stretch that saw Johnson go five under over the next five holes to pull away from the field en route to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Johnson hit two drives over 400 yards on Sunday with the new driver that debuted in Maui. The club (along with M3) features the company’s new Twist Face design that improves accuracy on off-center hits by curving the face more open in the toe portion of the face and more closed toward the heel.
Johnson tested both M3 and M4 in practice early in the week and felt M4 produced a flatter ball flight that would be better suited for the wind at Kapalua. The loft sleeve was adjusted one click open, to the standard setting, to produce Johnson’s go-to fade shot shape.
Here’s a look at the rest of the TaylorMade equipment in Johnson’s bag.
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec X shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M4 3HL (Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95X shaft), 16.5 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (3-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees; KBS Tour Black 130X shafts), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees; KBS Tour Black 130X shaft)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x