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Round two at Plantation: Johnson and Johnson in today's final pairing
January 5, 2014 - Robert Collias
Another interesting day at the Kapalua Plantation Course for the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
Today's final pairing will pit one of the highest risers in the Official World Golf Rankings in the last year, leader Zach Johnson — now ranked ninth in the world, a short driver but solid short-gamer — and defending champion Dustin Johnson, who was second in driving distance last year on tour and leads the field this week.
— Here is my gamer, with an emphasis on that final pairing.
— Here is a link to Doug Ferguson's wrap-up for The Associated Press.
— Chris Sugidono took a close-up view at the close-up view that Maui junior golfers get when they volunteer here, with a total look at the charity side of this event. A very cool read that you will not see anything similar to anywhere else.
— Matt Kuchar is tied for second, three strokes back, and will not leave Hawaii until mid-February.
— Our second-round notebook.
— Our hole of the day, No. 4.
— And finally, a few notes that did not make the cut:
Saturday was the seventh birthday for Zach Johnson's son, Will. . . . Dustin Johnson has never shot a round over par 17 rounds in this tournament. His highest score is even-par 73 in the third round in 2011. . . . Dustin Johnson's nine birdies on Saturday is one off his career-best 10, which he did most recently at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai in November. . . . Saturday, Matt Kuchar birdied six of the same holes he did on Friday: Nos. 4, 5, 9, 12, 14 and 16.
I will update here during the round if time permits — late start today — and we will post a breaking news story after the third round.
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