Fargo's Hoge takes third at Sony Open
HONOLULU-Patton Kizzire tapped in for par on the tournament-record sixth playoff hole on Sunday, Jan. 14, to win the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu over James Hahn.It was the longest playoff in Sony Open history and the longest on ...
HONOLULU-Patton Kizzire tapped in for par on the tournament-record sixth playoff hole on Sunday, Jan. 14, to win the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu over James Hahn.
It was the longest playoff in Sony Open history and the longest on the PGA Tour since John Huh beat Robert Allenby at the Mayakoba Classic in 2012. Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole four times and the 17th hole twice. Kizzire won with a par on the par-3 17th hole when Hahn's par putt lipped out on the right side.
"It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it was nice to come out on top," said Kizzire. "It was kind of a marathon playoff... but I'll take it any way I can get it."
Kizzire, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the Mayakoba Classic during the fall wrap-around schedule, is the first two-time winner on the Tour during the 2017-18 season. He also leads the FedExCup standings.
"I still get pretty fired up," Kizzire said about attempting to close out his second career victory. "There's some nerves there, but I've learned to cope with them. That's what the experience gives me. It was fun today."
Kizzire and Hahn both had multiple opportunities to win the event during the first five playoff holes, but neither was able to capitalize on lengthy winning putts.
Kizzire, 31, also had a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win in regulation, but the putt slid well right of the cup. He hit only five fairways in regulation during the final round.
Hahn, 36, began the day seven shots off the lead but turned in the low round of the tournament with an 8-under 62. He made the turn in 3-under 32, then reeled off five birdies on the first six holes of the back nine.
Tom Hoge, a Fargo native who held the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career, missed makeable putts on each of the final three holes to finish one shot out of the playoff at 16-under. He shot an even-par 70 in the final round that included a double-bogey on the 16th hole.
"Ultimately it was a swing on eight and a swing on 16," said the 28-year-old Hoge. "I was kind of in between yardages on both of them. I was trying to play kind of a low draw to get to the back pins there.
"I hit two good shots there on 17 and 18 to give myself a chance to hit good putts, but I just couldn't find the bottom. That's just how it goes."
Thirty-six hole leader Brian Harman finished another shot back after carding an even-par 70 on Sunday. He made the turn Sunday in even par after a double-bogey on the sixth hole and an eagle on the ninth. Harman birdied the 12th hole, but then played himself out of contention with bogeys on two of his next four holes.
Defending champion Justin Thomas finished in a tie for 14th place at 12-under after closing with a disappointing 2-under 68 on Sunday. His final round included three birdies and a lone bogey.
"I played well this week," said Thomas, who had temporary caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay on his bag with his full-time caddie recovering from a foot injury. "I'm pretty disappointed with where I'm going to end up finishing. I played way better than this ... I feel like I should have not only won the golf tournament, but at least had a chance coming down the back nine.
"There's nothing to be too upset with about my game. For the first two events back, and where I felt coming here, I'm in a great spot for the rest of the year. I just need to tighten things up a little bit."
Jordan Spieth, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the world, shot his second consecutive 4-under round of 66 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 18th at 11-under.