Kizzire survives six-hole play-off at Sony Open in Hawaii
Patton Kizzire survived a six-hole play-off to defeat James Hahn and win the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday.
American Kizzire settled for par on the 72nd hole to end regulation, giving countryman Hahn - an unlikely contender to start the final round - a chance to claim the PGA Tour title.
Hahn shot a 62 on Sunday to finish level atop the leaderboard at 17 under, but he ran out of gas with a bogey on the sixth play-off hole.
He had a chance to win on the fifth additional hole, however, his five-foot birdie putt swung wide to the right. It was his first top-10 finish since the Canadian Open last year.
Kizzire, who posted a final-round 68, now has two wins already this season -- the first two of his career.
Tom Hoge, who had a chance to become the fifth first-time winner on the Tour this season, shot an even-par 70 to end the tournament third and a stroke off the pace at 16 under.
Hoge - the overnight leader - led the way on the back nine, but a double-bogey on the par-4 16th ended his chances.
"It's kind of just building on things. I played pretty well, and I felt like today I had pretty good beliefs in myself that I could get it done," Hoge said. "Felt good the whole way. For sure, it helps. The next time you get back, it will make it a little easier."
Brian Harman racked up his fifth straight top-eight finish with an even-par 70 in the fourth and final round. He tied for fourth with Brian Stuard and Webb Simpson (both 65s) at 15 under.
"I feel like last year a lot of things came together. Finally saw some hard work bring some fruit, and getting to Atlanta is always a good feeling," Simpson said after his round. "Played a couple times in the fall, played solid. Yeah, I was kind of -- I had six, seven weeks off, and I was ready to get back out here."
Defending champion and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas recorded a two-under 68 to tie for 14th at 12 under with Daniel Berger (64), Zach Johnson (67) and Jerry Kelly (66).
"I played well this week. I'm pretty disappointed with where I'm going to end up finishing," Thomas said. "I played way better than this. I should have not only, I feel like, won the golf tournament, but I should have had a chance coming down the back nine."
Three-time major champion and former world number one Jordan Spieth hit a second successive 66 to finish in a tie for 18th at 11 under.
Despite shooting four consecutive rounds in the 60s, he was displeased with some parts of his game this week.
"I got a lot of work to do in the putting game," Spieth said after his round. " I think I was somewhere close to about 100th this week in strokes gained. I was like 95th going into today and made a couple outside ten feet, but then I also missed a number of them. So I've got a lot of work to do with the putter, it's as simple as that. Everything else is plenty ready to win."