SONY Open in Hawaii | Wrap-Up
HONOLULU - Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama came from behind to win his eighth career PGA Tour victory, tying K.J. Choi for most wins by a player from Asia. Matsuyama became the first two-time winner of the 2021-22 PGA TOUR wrap-around season (2021 ZOZO Championship, 2022 Sony Open in Hawaii) and the the ninth consecutive Sony Open champion who competed in the Sentry Tournament of Champions the weekend beforehand.
Matsuyama closed with 63-63 (126), his career-low closing 36-hole score and became the first player to win a playoff with an eagle since J.J. Henry at the 2015 Barracuda Championship.
Runner-up Russell Henley was seeking to become sixth multiple winner of the event (Jimmy Walker/2014, 2015; Ernie Els/2003, 2004; Lanny Wadkins/1988, 1991; Corey Pavin/1986, 1987; Hubert Green/1978, 1979). Henley shot a (29) going out on his final round.
After going bogey-free for 54 holes for the first time in his career, Matt Kuchar (T-7) bogeyed No. 5 in the final round, ending a streak of 60 consecutive holes without a bogey (58 this week).
SONY Open in Hawaii | Final Leaderboard
*Hideki Matsuyama 66-65-63-63—257 (-23)
Russell Henley 62-63-67-65—257 (-23)
Kevin Kisner 68-64-65-64—261 (-19)
Seamus Power 63-68-65-65—261 (-19)
*Won with an eagle-3 on the first playoff hole (No. 18)
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What They’re Saying:
Matsuyama Completes Comeback with Playoff Win (PGATourCom)
Matsuyama Storms Back (Golf Week/USA Today)
Early Odds at this week’s American Express in LaQuinta (Action Net)
Inside Look at The American Express (PGATourCom)
#SportsBiz and Golf Industry News
Money Earned at the SONY Open in Hawaii (Golf Week/USA Today)
Matsuyama’s Golf Bag at the SONY (PGATourCom)
American Express Finally Puts its Mark on a PGA Tour Event (Golf Week/USA Today)
Jack Nicklaus Campaigns to “Roll Back the Ball” (Golf Week/USA Today)
Is Golf Gambling Ready to Take Off? (Golf Week/USA Today)
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Jan 17, 1937 - Sam Snead won his first PGA TOUR event at the Oakland Open in California. Snead defeated runner-up Ralph Guldahl by two strokes and took home $1,200 for his efforts. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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