HONOLULU, HI. -- Coastal Carolina men's golf alum Dustin Johnson shot 6-under to finish in a tie for 10th in his first PGA Tour event as a full tour member at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Jan. 10-13. Johnson fired 274 (68-68-67-71) for the tournament to earn the top-10 finish and tie with notables like Fred Funk, Chad Campbell and Stephen Ames and two shots ahead of Jim Furyk. K.J. Choi won the event at 14-under par.
Johnson earned his tour card on the first try at PGA Tour Q School, shooting a six-round score of 16-under par to make it by two shots, finishing in a tie for 14th, shooting rounds of 72-67-67-70-66-74=416 combined at the Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at the Orange County Center. He took advantage of the Panther Lake course, going 16-under (67-67-66) in his three rounds on that track, while playing Crooked Cat in even par (72-70-74), including a final round two-over 74 that put him on the Tour next year. Of the 26 to earn their Tour cards, Johnson is one of 15 that will be considered rookies, as well as one of just nine to earn cards after going through all three stages and among the eight to earn the coveted card in their first trip to the Q-School finals.