PGA Tour: Hideki Matsuyama beats Russell Henley in thrilling playoff to win Sony Open in Hawaii

PGA Tour: Hideki Matsuyama beats Russell Henley in thrilling playoff to win Sony Open in Hawaii

Hideki Matsuyama hits epic eagle on first playoff hole to oust Russell Henley in Honolulu; Matsuyama shot consecutive rounds of 63 to close in and beat American, who squandered a five-shot lead

Last Updated: 17/01/22 6:52am


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Highlights of the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii where Russell Henley had a 5 shot lead on the 9th hole but Hideki Matsuyama was able to fight back and win a playoff.

Highlights of the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii where Russell Henley had a 5 shot lead on the 9th hole but Hideki Matsuyama was able to fight back and win a playoff.

Hideki Matsuyama superbly eagled the first playoff hole to win the Sony Open in Hawaii, as Russell Henley squandered a five-shot lead.

Henley was six under for the day and 24 under for the tournament through nine holes at Waialae Country Club before the field started to close in.

Henley still had a one-shot lead at 18 while playing in the final pairing with Matsuyama.

But while Henley had a par on the final hole of regulation play, Matsuyama had a two-putt birdie to force the playoff. Playing the 18th hole one more time, Matsuyama put his 277-yard second shot within three feet of the hole and made the putt to earn a victory that he held in high regard.

 Hideki Matsuyama shot another 63 to brilliantly claim the Sony Open via a playoff on Sunday

Hideki Matsuyama shot another 63 to brilliantly claim the Sony Open via a playoff on Sunday

“I’m really happy. This is the first tournament that a Japanese player won on the PGA Tour when Isao Aoki won here,” Matsuyama said. “To follow him up, I’m over the moon.”

Matsuyama and Henley each finished at 23-under 257 to earn their spots in the playoff.

Matsuyama, last year’s Masters champion, shot his second consecutive seven-under 63 to rally for the victory. He started the day two shots behind Henley, whose five-under 65 was two shots better than his third-round score.

Matsuyama was four under over his final nine holes, capped by his birdie at 18.

After four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, Henley was one over on the back with a bogey at the 11th.

 Matsuyama birdies the 15th as Russell Henley watches on

Matsuyama birdies the 15th as Russell Henley watches on

In addition to winning on the course where Aoki made history, Matsuyama also tied South Korea’s K.J. Choi for most career victories by an Asian-born player. It was Matsuyama’s eighth career victory and his third over his last 17 starts.

Kevin Kisner (64) and Ireland’s Seamus Power each finished tied for third place at 19 under. Michael Thompson and Lucas Glover finished another shot back tied for fifth place.

Defending champion and first-round leader Kevin Na shot a two-under 70 on Sunday and finished at 13 under for the tournament, in a seven-way tie for 20th place.

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