Zach Johnson pulled away with three straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Monday.

Spieth, who had a one-shot lead going to the back nine, birdied his last two holes for a 69.

"I just picked it apart," said Johnson, who finished at 19-under 273. "I didn't deviate from anything I typically do on a golf course."

Webb Simpson, tied with Spieth and Dustin Johnson to start the final round, never caught up and closed with a 70. He tied for third with Kevin Streelman (67).

This was the 11th win of Johnson's career. Since Johnson's rookie season in 2004, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have won more PGA Tour events.

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    The L.A. Daily News contributed to this report.