The Sony Open was the much more dramatic of the two Hawaiian tournaments over the past two weekends. Last weekend, Dustin Johnson had pretty much staked his claim to winning on the third day. Sunday, the outright champion wasn’t determined in 18 holes.
Patton Kizzire out-dueled a hard-charging James Hahn in a six hole playoff to take home the championship at Waialae Country Club. It was Kizzire’s second win of the season as he won the OHL Classic late in 2017.
Kizzire went into Sunday only one shot back of leader Tom Hoge. Hahn shot an 8-under on Sunday and charged straight to the top of the leaderboard. Hoge had a chance to join Hahn and Kizzire in the playoff but missed a 9-foot putt birdie that would’ve seen a three-way playoff get underway.
After five holes of stress and focus, Hahn was the first to crack on the sixth as he lipped out a par-save and Kizzire was able to tap it in to take home the trophy.
“I love trying to get better and putting myself in uncomfortable spots,” Kizzire said. “That’s all I want to do is just to be somewhere that I’ve never been because that gets me uncomfortable. That’s when I know I’m doing something right. 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.”
Hahn, on the other hand, had been dejected about falling in the longest playoff in Sony Open history.
“I played good enough to win, but I didn’t,” Hahn said. “So for me, it’s not how many birdies I make, if I’m not coming out of the room with the trophy, it really feels like I was defeated out there. 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.”
Wacky things happened throughout the week. Blayne Barber’s caddie fell in a restaurant and is in critical condition. Everyone is aware of the accidental nuclear missile update sent out by Hawaiian officials. The Golf Channel’s strike reaked havoc on everyone attempting to watch the event as the camera angles and above the course angles were awkward and weird.
Justin Thomas gave his reaction to the Hawaiian missile snafu that happened.
“I actually never got (the alert) for some reason,” Thomas said. “I don’t know why, but it never went through to my phone. Tom Lovelady screen-shot it and sent it to me and asked what was going on. I was like, there’s nothing I can do. I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”
Thomas and Jordan Spieth, the big dogs in the weekend’s tournament, finished T-14th and T-18th respectively.
Spieth was happy with about everything in his repertoire outside of his putter.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do with the putter, it’s as simple as that,” Spieth said. “Everything else is plenty ready to win.”
The PGA Tour resumes this coming weekend at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.