Patton Kizzire came through a six-hole playoff against fellow American James Hahn to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae GC in Honolulu. It was his second PGA Tour title of the season.
The Sony Open in Hawaii had to be settled in a playoff after Patton Kizzire and James Hahn finished 72 holes tied on 17-under-par. Kizzire prevailed at the sixth extra hole to claim his second victory of the 2017-18 PGA Tour wraparound season.
James Hahn played a superb final round of 62 at Waialae GC to set a clubhouse leading score of 263. He had to wait nearly an hour to see if the 54-hole leaders could match him.
Tom Hoge could have surpassed the number had it not been for a double bogey on the 16th. Kizzire needed a birdie at the last to claim the victory outright but his chip from short of the par-5 ran past the hole and he missed the birdie effort.
Kizzire tapped in for par to tie Hahn’s score and extra holes were required to decide the winner.
Both men made two pars and two birdies on the par-5 last – Hahn twice had putts to win that didn’t drop – and both made pars on the par-3 17th. For the sixth extra hole they returned to the par-3 and this time Hahn was unable to save par and Kizzire was champion.
3 Talking points from the Sony Open in Hawaii
1 – This was Kizzire’s second win of the season following the OHL Classic. He is now leader by 452 points on the FedEx Cup standings.
“I’m just going to keep working hard. I want to get the third win. The first win was big, and this one is even bigger… Our ultimate goal is to be No. 1 at the end of the year.”
2 – James Hahn was left dejected after the playoff defeat. Despite his superb final round 62, he was struggling to find the positives.
“I’d rather lose by 100 than lose by 1. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”
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3 – Scotland’s Russell Knox was the best placed non-US player. He started the round within four of the leader Tom Hoge and was still in the hunt with six to play. But dropped shots at the 15th and 16th holes saw him fall back into a tie for 10th place.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii
Purse: $6,200,000 Par: 70
1 Patton Kizzire (USA) 67 64 64 68 263 $1,116,000
2 James Hahn (USA) 67 69 65 62 263 $669,600
3 Tom Hoge (USA) 65 65 64 70 264 $421,600
T4 Webb Simpson (USA) 67 70 63 65 265 $256,267
T4 Brian Harman (USA) 64 63 68 70 265 $256,267
T4 Brian Stuard (USA) 67 66 67 65 265 $256,267
T7 Ollie Schniederjans (USA) 66 65 67 68 266 $193,233
T7 Ben Martin (USA) 69 66 66 65 266 $193,233
T7 Gary Woodland (USA) 67 67 68 64 266 $193,233
T10 Chris Kirk (USA) 63 67 67 70 267 $148,800
T10 Kyle Stanley (USA) 64 67 65 71 267 $148,800
T10 Russell Knox (Sco) 69 64 65 69 267 $148,800
T10 Ryan Blaum (USA) 66 68 68 65 267 $148,800
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage