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.
An injury to Dominick Cruz has forced the UFC bantamweight champion to vacate the title, setting up new champion Renan Barao to face Urijah Faber in the main event at UFC 169 on Feb. 1. Cruz (19-1), who was scheduled to fight Barao to unify the belts at UFC 169, chose to vacate the title after tearing a groin muscle in training.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized Brazil's slow preparations for the World Cup, calling the nation further behind than any other hosting the international event during his tenure. Brazil has completed only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums despite a FIFA deadline to finish by the end of 2013.
"Brazil has just realized what it means to organize a World Cup," Blatter said in an interview with Swiss newspaper 24 Heures. "They started a lot too late.
The L.A. Daily News contributed to this report.