Tracker: D. Johnson holds off Stricker in Kapalua

Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 17th hole during the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course.

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High winds and rain couldn't keep the PGA Tour season from officially starting.

And in the end, it was Dustin Johnson who captured the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

It was Johnson's third 54-hole title of his career as the event was reduced to three rounds after not starting until Monday morning. Johnson shot 16 under through three rounds, including a 5-under 68 on Tuesday to beat Steve Stricker by four shots.

Stricker pulled to within one during Tuesday's final round, but Johnson's chip-in for eagle on the par-4 14th at the Plantation Course sealed the deal in what was the first Tuesday finish since 2006.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update No. 21: 5:11 p.m. EST

Steve Stricker missed a chance at birdie and Dustin Johnson made a 5 footer for par at No. 17, and Johnson enters the final hole with a three-shot lead.

Also, Keegan Bradley closed with birdie at No. 18 to move into a tie for fourth with Bubba Watson, who saved par to stay at 9 under.

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Update No. 20: 4:56 p.m. EST

Only two groups are out on the course still as Dustin Johnson has a comfortable three-shot lead over Steve Stricker with two holes left. Among those just finishing are Tommy Gainey, who birdied No. 18 to finish at 8 under, and Brandt Snedeker, who is currently solo third at 10 under.

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Update No. 19: 4:36 p.m. EST

The leaders trade birdies at No. 15 as Dustin Johnson moves to 15 under and Steve Stricker moves to 12 under. Also, Bubba Watson just birdied No. 16 to move into a tie for third at 9 under.

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Update No. 18: 4:13 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson bounces back in a big way, almost driving the green at the 305-yard, par-4 14th. He then chipped in for eagle to move back to 14 under. He's got a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker.

Also, Rickie Fowler hits his approach on No. 18 to about 5 feet and makes eagle to finish with a 6-under 67. Fowler is in the clubhouse at 8 under.

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Update No. 17: 4:01 p.m. EST

Could this one be slipping away now? Dustin Johnson's tee shot at the par-4 13th went left into a native area. He was able to find the ball, but instead of taking a penalty stroke, he chose to try and hit the ball out of some thick grass. The ball ended up rolling further into the vegetation and Johnson had to use a third shot to get into the fairway.

The end result would be a double bogey, dropping Johnson back to 12 under. He's now just a shot ahead of Stricker.

Also finding trouble is Rickie Fowler, who doubled the par-4 17th to fall back to 6 under.

Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar is in the clubhouse with a 4-under 69 (5 under overall, T-9).

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Update No. 16: 3:50 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson (14 under) just sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 12 to stretch his lead back to three shots over Steve Stricker (11 under).

Some rounds are starting to finish, too. Among those in the clubhouse are Ian Poulter (4-under 69, 5 under overall) and Mark Wilson (3-under 70, 4 under overall).

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Update No. 15: 3:40 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar, who was 7 under on the back nine in the second round, is having similar success on the back nine today. Kuchar was 2 over (1 over overall) through four holes today, but has made five birdies since. He's currently 4 under overall with two holes left.

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Update No. 14: 3:32 p.m. EST

The birdies just keep coming for Rickie Fowler. He stuck his third shot on the par-5 15th to about 2 feet and then made the putt for his sixth birdie of the round. He's 8 under, five back of leader Dustin Johnson.

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Update No. 13: 3:11 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson has run into some trouble at the par-5 ninth. His approach found a hazard and he ended up with bogey after a long par attempt stopped a couple feet short. Stricker, on the other hand, made birdie after a good chip from next to the stands. That means a two-point swing between the two players with Johnson now at 13 under and Stricker at 11 under.

Also, Rickie Fowler has made his fifth birdie of the round and is now 7 under overall.

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Update No. 12: 2:59 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson had stretched his lead to five shots, but Steve Stricker has put it back to four thanks to a 20-foot birdie at the par-3 eighth. Stricker, who is 10 under overall, is 2 under through eight holes while his playing competitor, Johnson (14 under), is 3 under.

Also, just one player is better than 3 under today. That's Rickie Fowler, who just saved par at No. 13 to remain at 6 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 11: 2:38 p.m. EST

The lead has grown to four shots as Dustin Johnson birdies No. 6 and Brandt Snedeker falls back another shot. Johnson is 13 under while Snedeker is at 9 under along with Steve Stricker.

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Update No. 10: 2:31 p.m. EST

A three-putt on No. 7 has dropped Brandt Snedeker back to 10 under, two shots back of leader Dustin Johnson. Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler has gained another shot, moving to 6 under thanks to his fourth birdie of the day. Fowler is 4 under through six holes in his final round.

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Update No. 9: 2:19 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker is making a big charge. He's 5 under through six holes and is now at 11 under, one shot back of Dustin Johnson. Also, just six players are over par for their final rounds.

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Update No. 8: 2:10 p.m. EST

There's been good luck and bad luck this week in Kapalua. Ted Potter Jr. experienced both at the par-5 15th. Potter's third shot from 40 yards out hit the green and spun back down the slope, ending up about 15 yards further away from the hole. He then delivered a second wedge shot, this time spinning it back right into the cup for birdie. Potter is 3 over for the tournament.

Speaking of good luck, Keegan Bradley just holed out for eagle at the par-5 fifth to move to 8 under, four shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who is 1 under today and 12 under for the tournament. He leads Brandt Snedeker, who is 4 under through five holes today and sits at 10 under overall, by two shots. Snedeker holed out for eagle on No. 5, as well.

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Update No. 7: 1:51 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson is even through two holes, so he's still at 11 under. But his lead has shrunk. Steve Stricker is now 9 under (1 under through two holes today) and Brandt Snedeker has also gained ground with two birdies in four holes to move to 8 under.

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Update No. 6: 1:40 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler just sunk a 10 footer at the par-4 sixth for his third birdie of the day. Fowler is 5 under for the tournament. Also, Jason Dufner is 2 under through five holes and is 1 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 5: 1:25 p.m. EST

Leader Dustin Johnson has just teed off. He leads Steve Stricker by three shots and is four shots clear of Bubba Watson, who is playing with flu-like symptoms. Also, Rickie Fowler is 2 under through four holes and now finds himself at 4 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 4: 1:19 p.m. EST

The hottest player on the course right now is Mark Wilson, who has three straight birdies (Nos. 3-5) and is 3 under through five holes. That moves him to 4 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 3: 12:55 p.m. EST

Bubba Watson is set to tee off in about 15 minutes. Watson is third at 7 under, four shots back of leader Dustin Johnson. Here's what Bubba just tweeted just a few minutes ago:

@bubbawatson: About to off in final round, problem is I cant keep food down. Dont know how many holes I will play today! #WantSeeRangeOrPuttingGreen

@bubbawatson: Half banana down only 3/4 banana to go! #mathgood

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Update No. 2: 12:50 p.m. EST

Jason Dufner didn't close the way he would've liked on Monday, following a morning-round, 1-under 72 with a 4-over 77 in the second round. He entered today's final round at 3 over, but has already started to turn things around. He birdied the par-4 10th, his first hole of the day.

Also starting strong is Rickie Fowler, who is 1 under through two holes today and currently is T-9 at 3 under.

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Update No. 1: 12:33 p.m. EST

Final-round play has begun in Kapalua and it's a little windier than it was at this time Monday, with winds at 17 mph. Six groups are currently out on the course, including Matt Kuchar, who made a comeback on the back nine Monday afternoon with four birdies and an eagle, working his way back to 1 under.

Unfortunately for Kuchar, though, he's started slow today, bogeying No. 1 to fall back to even par. J.J. Henry is the only player with a birdie so far and he currently sits at 2 under for the tournament.

Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson and John Huh have also started their rounds.

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Monday

• CLASS IN SESSION: Dustin Johnson (69-66) is the man everyone will try to chase down in Tuesday’s 18-hole sprint to the finish, and if he plays anything like he did on Monday, well, good luck with that. Tee to green, Johnson put on a clinic, hitting 33 of 36 greens in regulation. Story.

SECOND CHANCE: Ben Curtis started with consecutive 6s on Sunday, complete with two four-putts. Needless to say, the former Open champion was happy that the round was wiped away. On Monday, he took full advantage by shooting a 3-under 70 in the official first round. Story.

THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM: Having originally been penciled in for a Monday finish, the season opener morphed into a Monday start thanks to unrelenting wind. Finally, on the fourth day, the fury gave everyone a break. Story.

NOTEBOOK: Having posted morning 70 to sit at 3 under, just one off the lead, Brandt Snedeker birdied four of the first six holes in the afternoon and at 6 under he shared the lead at one point, led by himself at another. Then, he stumbled backward. Story.

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Sunday

DUST-UP: Johnny Miller called Ian Poulter's lengthy read of a putt on No. 11 "dramatic," and Poulter responded by taking to Twitter to call out the longtime NBC announcer. Story.

GROUNDHOG OPEN: Start and stop, start and stop, and after three long days of trying, everybody stands shoulder to shoulder at the starting line once again. Thus far, the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions has been the bridge to nowhere. Story.

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Saturday

WAITING GAME: For a second straight day, ferocious winds had forced PGA Tour officials to scrap play in the season-opener, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Story.

TOUGH TASK: The plan now is to play 36 holes Sunday and 18 holes Monday. With the forecast calling for 15-25-mph winds, with gusts up to 30, and little less moisture, golf is likely. The next problem could be stamina - not so much for the players but their caddies. Story.

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Friday

A CIRCUS: Our Alex Miceli says that the PGA Tour should listen to Carl Pettersson's sentiments after Friday's Round 1 washout in Hawaii: “Are we trying to identify the best player this week, or are we just trying to finish?” Commentary.

DO-OVER: Two hours into its 2013 season, the PGA Tour had to call things to a halt. Blame it on trouble in paradise – bizarre weather conditions that veteran residents of Maui insist they have never seen before. Story.

IN THEIR HONOR: Connecticut native J.J. Henry, who grew up about 20 miles away from Newtown, will honor the 26 victims of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with 'S.H.E.S.' on the side of his hat. Story.

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Thursday

PREDICTIONS: The 2013 PGA Tour season is set to kick off Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and our crew of fantasy experts lines up Scott Piercy as one of the early favorites in Kapalua, Hawaii. Picks.

STANDS BY HIMSELF: Rickie Fowler, whose preparations for the Tour's opener in Hawaii aren't necessarily confined to the practice range, stands out among his touring-pro brethren. Above all, though, he wants to win. Story.

STICKING WITH DECISION: Steve Stricker, a soon-to-be 46 year-old, says he has done almost all he set out to accomplish in the world of golf and his focus going forward is to spend more time with his family and give back to the community of Madison, Wis. Story.

MORE THAN A HERO: "He's a Ryder Cup hero. That defines who he is." Ian Poulter appreciates that notion, but feels that many ignore his success outside the biennial event. Story.

'SURPRISE:' Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter was questioned about Tom Watson as the next U.S. captain: “You're lining me up there to be absolutely crucified. I wasn't expecting it. So I guess it's a little surprise . . .” Story.

ON AN ISLAND: Carl Pettersson thinks the PGA Tour players who use belly or long putters are in this fight by themselves. "If they didn't use a short putter, why would they care?" Story.

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Wednesday

TRIP TO PARADISE: While the marquee names of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson won't be found at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, there are still many PGA Tour stars that will try to start the season off right in Hawaii this week. Story.

WHO'S FAVORED? It appears Las Vegas is hedging its bets partly because of the size and quality of the Hyundai TOC field making six players, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson co-favorites at 12-1. Odds.

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