Kizzire wins six-hole playoff at Sony Open; Woodland ties for seventh

HONOLULU — Patton Kizzire outlasted James Hahn in six extra holes to win the Sony Open to become the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season.


Kizzire, who won the OHL Classic in Mexico last fall, closed with a 2-under 68.

That turned out to be the easy part.

James Hahn shot 62 in the final round Sunday and got into a playoff with Kizzire at 17-under 263.

They matched two pars and two birdies on the par-5 18th. They matched pars when they went to the par-3 17th. It ended on the par 3 along the Pacific Ocean when Hahn putted from right of the green to about 8 feet, and his par putt caught the lip.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Kizzire said. “I’ll take it any way I can get it.”

Hahn, who won both his PGA Tour events in playoffs at Riviera and Quail Hollow, had birdie putts from 10 feet and 6 feet on the par-5 18th hole at Waialae Country Club that would have won it. He made a 6-foot birdie another time to extend the playoff.

Kizzire had to get up-and-down from a bunker for par on the first extra hole, making a 7-footer to stay alive.

This was the longest playoff on the PGA Tour since Bryce Molder won the Open in 2012 in eight extra holes.

It nearly was the most exciting tournament of the year (it’s only the second week) that no one saw. Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out Sunday over a labor dispute, and the network had to scramble to provide limited coverage. They had enough cameras to at least cover the final three holes and the entire playoff, with commentary coming from headquarters in Florida.

Missing from the playoff was Tom Hoge, who did everything right in his bid to win for the first time on the PGA Tour except for one swing. He had a one-shot lead when he was between clubs on the 16th hole, and opted to hit a draw to the back-left pin. He turned it too much and it found the bunker. His next shot got hung up in the shaggy rough, he chipped that to 12 feet and missed to make double bogey to slip one shot behind.

Hoge gave himself two good chances with putts of about 7 feet. Both burned the edge. He shot 70 and had to settle for third place, his best finish on the PGA Tour.

“This sets me up a lot better for the rest of the year, and hopefully made the FedEx Cup playoffs,” said Hoge, a 28-year-old from North Dakota who hasn’t kept his full card his previous three years on tour. “More so just the confidence I had to play in the final group and play well today.”

Topeka native Gary Woodland posted a tie for seventh, rallying from a slow start to his final round to shoot up the leaderboard. When he finished his 6-under 64 round to get to 14 under, he was the leader in the clubhouse.

That position hardly seemed likely when Woodland made bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6 to sit 2 over for his round. But just as he did during Friday’s second round, Woodland caught fire and stayed hot the rest of the way.

Starting with an approach to less than four feet on the par-3 No. 7 for birdie, Woodland was dialed in. Two holes later, Woodland holed a bunker shot for eagle to get to 1-under at the turn and then he lit up the back nine for the second time in three days.

He didn’t quite match Friday’s birdie binge when he made seven on nine holes, but Woodland wasn’t far off. He birdied three of the first four holes on the back and then added birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to finish with a 5-under 30 on the back to cap his tourney-best 64.

The highlight of the back-nine charge was a 46-foot birdie putt on No. 13.

EUROPEAN TOUR — At Johannesburg, Chris Paisley, of England, held off home favorite Branden Grace to win the South African Open by three shots for his first European Tour title.

Leading by one going into the final round, Paisley closed with a 6-under 66 at Glendower Golf Club to finish at 21-under 267. Paisley didn’t drop a shot in the final round.

Grace, an eight-time European Tour winner, started with a birdie and an eagle but his challenge faded after a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 12. He finished strongly, with an eagle and two birdies in his last six holes for a 68.

It was the second straight year an Englishman won the South African Open, following Graeme Storm’s playoff victory over Rory McIlroy last year.

EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR — At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Europe retained the EurAsia Cup after putting on a sensational showing in singles for a 14-10 victory.

Asia had a slim margin until Europe won eight of the 12 singles matches and halved another. Europe won seven of the opening eight matches, the exception being Poom Saksansin defeating Paul Casey in 18 holes.

Thomas Bjorn was the European captain. He will be captain at the Ryder Cup later this year in France.

“It was a great performance today, from every single one of them. There was a determination, and a will, and a wanting to win this,” Bjorn said. “And from there to go out and do the job the way they did shows a lot about the character of these guys and character of European golf. It shows a lot about what we are, and to watch them from the sidelines doing what they do best has been a pleasure.”



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