Between the missile that wasn’t and the walkout that was, Patton Kizzrie overcame all the distractions and six extra holes of golf to defeat James Hahn in a playoff to win the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Hahn shot a dazzling 62 on Sunday to force the playoff. Once in the extra session, the two went toe to toe for the first five holes before Hahn finally cooled off, lipping out am 8-foot par putt that gave Kizzrie the title.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Kizzire said. “I’ll take it any way I can get it.”
It’s the longest playoff on the PGA Tour since 2012.
Tom Hoge had a 1-stroke lead after 15 holes but missed two 7-foot putts and finished third at 16-under.
“This sets me up a lot better for the rest of the year, and hopefully made the FedEx Cup playoffs,” said Hoge. “More so just the confidence I had to play in the final group and play well today.”
Unless you were in Hawaii, you didn’t see much of the tournament. Cameramen for the Golf Channel walked out on Saturday, leaving the PGA to scramble for camera coverage of the final round.
It’s the second win in just three months for the 31-year-old Kizzire. He jumped 51 spots with the win to No. 54 in the world. He’s risen 67 spots in the first three weeks of 2018.