Patrick Reed was four shots behind the leader with four holes to play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, on the Plantation Course at Maui. He proceeded to make two birdies, and then holed out from 80 yards for an Eagle. He then closed out his unlikely rally by making an 18-foot birdie putt to beat Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff.
Patrick fired a final round -6 under par 67 to post -21 under par for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and then sat back to see if Jimmy Walker would catch or pass him, he could only do the catching after it seemingly appeared he would just walk away with this tournament. That all changed on the 14th hole, which he bogeyed, and then failed to make birdie on the two remaining five fives. In the end he carded a last round -4 under par 69 to equal the total set by Patrick, who then made birdie on the par five 18th, the first sudden death play-off hole, to win the tournament.
Patrick did not think he had too much of a chance of capturing a win here;
“I thought my chances were slim.”
“So I was just thinking to myself, `Let’s try to birdie three of the last four and get ourselves a chance to secure second alone, and give ourselves a chance, just maybe.”
“I just stayed patient, I tried not to get ahead of myself and tried not to make mental errors. Here at the last, I gave myself a chance and I made it.”
“The confidence level is really high and I continue working on my game. Everybody gets on a hot streak, the main thing is to stay consistent and keep moving forward.”
Jimmy admitted he should have wrapped the title up when he had the chance;
“It was there for me to win, it was a bummer I didn’t close the door on it.”
” You feel pressure, you’re trying to win a golf tournament. I hit good shots. I don’t know what else to do.”
Three players tied for third position, Jason Day, Russell Henley and Hideki Matsuyama, all just one shot off the pace at -20 under par for the tournament.
Jason equaled the course record of -11 under par 62, a feat that had been posted earlier in the day by Chris Kirk, he also equaled the course record with his last round -11 under par and finished T14 at -13 under par.
Next stop on the TOUR is the Sony Open in Hawaii, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, just a couple of days away, starting Thursday the 15th January.