Hideki Matsuyama overcame a five shot deficit on the back nine to tie Russell Henley at the Sony Open. They then headed to a playoff, where Matsuyama hit one his best shots, a 3-wood into sun to with in 3 feet to score an eagle and beat Henley.
Hideki Matsuyama’s Sony Open win was his eighth career PGA Tour win and tied him with K.J. Choi for the most victories on tour by an Asian-born golfer.
Matsuyama hit a driver on the 18th par-5 in regulation to set up a 2 putt birdie for a 7 under 63. Henley then missed a 10-foot birdie and closed with 65 to set up the playoff.
In sudden death, Matsuyama would tee off with a 3-wood. Henley was in the fairway bunker. The 18th hole was selected to start the sudden-death playoff. He was left with another 3-wood shot into the sun and had to search for his ball.
He didn’t have to see it. Waialae’s Sunday gallery was erupting with cheers when the ball touched down about 10 feet in front the back pin, and then rolled to 3 feet for his eagle.
After laying up in the sand, Henley sent his lob wedge 85 yards to the green, and he made bogey.
It didn’t matter at that point. Matsuyama dropped his putt to win his second tournament of the season. He finished both times with an eagle. He won by five shots with his eagle at Japan’s Zozo Championship.
Kevin Kisner (64) tied with Seamus Power (65), four shots behind for third place.