Sony Open in Hawaii. Patton Kizzire Wins Play-Off.

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Patton Kizzire wins the Sony Open in Hawaii in a drawn out 6 hole play-off against James Hahn at Waialae Country Club.

Kizzire claims second win of the season at Sony Open

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Patton and James had tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii with tournament scores of -17 under par. Patton with a last round -2 under 68 while James carded an amazing -8 under 62.

Patton is thinking of his next win already;

“I love trying to get better and putting myself in uncomfortable spots.”

“That’s all I want to do is just to be somewhere that I’ve never been because that gets me uncomfortable.”

“That’s when I know I’m doing something right.”

“I’m just going to keep working hard. I want to get the third win. The first win was big, and this one is even bigger.”

James was really deflated after his play-off loss;

“I played good enough to win, but I didn’t.”

“So for me, it’s not how many birdies I make, if I’m not coming out of the room with the trophy, it really feels like I was defeated out there.” 

“I’d rather lose by 100 than lose by 1. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”

Tom Hoge finished in third place at -16 under par after his poor last round of even par 70.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Tom Hoge Has 54 Hole Lead.


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Tom Hoge has the 54 hole lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii after 54 holes  at Waialae Country Club.

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There was a false incoming missile alert, but that didn’t bother Tom Hoge as he carded a bogey free -6 under 64 to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow;

“A new position, it’s a good one, obviously.”

“I’ve been close to the lead a few times in the fall, so a little bit to draw on there.”

“Haven’t quite pulled it off yet. Just getting a little more belief in myself and hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for me.”

Tied in second place at -15 under par are Patton Kizzire, also -6 under 64 today and the long time leader of the competition Brian Harman, who could only manage -2 under 68 in his third round.

The Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard is very congested so anyone shooting low tomorrow is in with a good chance of victory.

It took the authorities 38 minutes to inform everyone that the missile alarm was a mistake.

 

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Brian Harman Leads

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Brian Harman, USA, leads the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half-way stage at Waialae Country Club.

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Brian shot a -7 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Sony Open in Hawaii by three strokes going into he week-end, for Brian it is all about the putter, and a Titleist ball, the first time he used one he won the  Wells Fargo Championship;

“The wind doesn’t seem to take it as much.”

“That’s just a personal thing for me. I feel like I did when I was a kid again. I felt like I was a better ball striker when I was a kid.”

“I’m starting to get some of those feelings back.”

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts.”

“I’m getting a bunch of looks. I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few.”

“I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”

Nearest challengers are at -10 under par, and there are five of them, Zach Johnson, -3 under 67 today, John Peterson,-6 under 64, Tom Hoge, -5 under 65, Chris Kirk, -3 under 67 and Talor Gooch, -4 under 66.

John has a good attitude, and wants to keep his playing card;

“If my attitude is good, I’m going to play good.”

“I’ve never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it.”

“I’ve got eight events to make $350,000. If I do, great. If I don’t, who cares? I’m just out here free-wheeling.”

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at  Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.

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Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.

Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;

“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”

“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”

“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”

“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”

Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;

“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”

“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”

“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”

“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”

Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Jimmy Walks It.

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Jimmy walks it, easily defending his title and winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, by nine shots over his nearest rival.

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Jimmy fired in a final round of -7 under par 63 to post a winning total of -23 under par, in defense of his Sony Open in Hawaii title.

Jimmy said he kept the pedal to the metal, and his putting was good;

 “After Monday I was kind of wondering how things were going to go. I came in and just continued to do what I did last week, which was hit it really good, and I putted even better this week.”

“Today was all about keeping the pedal down, and that’s kind of what I talked about at the beginning of the week. If I got back to that position, could we really try to extend the lead instead of just hang on.”

“I feel like all the hard work I’ve been doing is paying off, I put in the time. I feel like I’ve got good people around me, and I think that’s really made the difference. They’ve helped me believe that I can be better than I am.”

Scott Piercy finished in second place, albeit a long way back, at -14 under par for the tournament, a last round -4 under par lifting him up the leaderboard.

Scott was coming back from arm surgery, saying he wanted to play better than before;

“I was beaten up pretty bad mentally from trying to play through it.”

 “I didn’t really want to see a golf club for about two-and-a-half months and that’s about the time frame before I could even start working out or doing anything.”

“My goal was to come back better, not to come back where I was before I got hurt. I was in a pretty good spot and I’m looking to go right past that one.”

Matt Kuchar, who was close to Jimmy at the start of play today, finished in a tie for third place with Harris English and Gary Woodland, all at -13 under par.

Matt slumped to +1 over par final round, playing alongside the all-conquering Jimmy Walker;

“I had a number of really good chances on the back nine.”

“I felt like I hit it very well,  I was hoping to get a little pressure on Jimmy. I was trying to get one to go and nothing did. And Jimmy never really missed a shot.”

“He made the game look pretty easy.”

Sony Open in Hawaii. Jimmy Jumps Ahead,

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Defending Champion Jimmy Walker shoots 62 in the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday to jump ahead of the chasing pack in the third round.

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Jimmy carded a -8 under par 62 in the third round of the Sony Open, which included an amazing 11 consecutive one putts. The round included two bogey’s along with the 10 birdies, so it could have been better, he sits on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke lead at -16 under par, and needed only 22 putts for the round;

“I think when I tapped that one in on 15, I started thinking, wow, that feels like a lot of one-putts in a row.”

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I think this is one of the best golf courses we play. It shows what a good golf course is, and what it doesn’t have to be.”

“I put more pressure on myself and I want to win more. Walker said.  Butch Harmon really hammers that home, that it’s all about winning. We started talking about 2013 and I said, that was my best year ever. He said, yeah, but you didn’t win. That’s what we were trying to do and didn’t do it.”

He’s like, I know it hurts and it’s going to hurt, and it should hurt. You should be mad.”

“You try to take as much positive as you can out of the situation and try to figure out what you could have done different. But we liked what we did. It just didn’t work out.”

“It’s nice to get back right where we want to be, having a chance to win, especially after last week. I think it’s pretty cool.”

 “I feel good about what I’m doing, and my golf swing and things that are going on.“I can only go out and control what I can do tomorrow, and I can’t put anything on anybody else.”

But I’m going to go out and just keep trying to hit the golf shots, hit the good shots, hit the shots I see, put it under the hole, give myself some good looks, make some putts.”

Matt Kuchar is keeping the leader in sight with a -2 under par 68, which gave him a -14 under par tournament total.

Brian Harman and Troy Merritt share third spot, both with -13 under par totals. Brian carded a -6 under par 64 and Troy a -3 under par 67.

I can not see Jimmy letting this tournament slip from his grasp.

Sony Open. Three Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half way stage of the competition.

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Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas all share the half way lead at the Sony Open with -12 under par totals.

Rookie Justin carded the round of the day, -9 under par 61 to put himself in contention for this title, he said he was definitely in the zone;

“It was probably the best zone and best focus I’ve ever been in.”

“I knew I was playing well, but I really didn’t know how many under I was for the day, and I just kind of kept playing.”

“It doesn’t happen very often in golf, and it’s really fun to happen. It’s probably maybe only the second time it’s ever happened to me.”

Webb revealed that he had broken his old belly putter over his knee, to remove all temptation, he shot -4 under par 66 today;

“The broken belly putter is in my trophy case at home. It’s on top, I can’t use it. I could use it; it would be a short putter.”

“I’m a big believer in not changing something that’s not broken. So I felt myself kind of backing out, in front of my wife, I snapped it over my knee, and I was going to throw it away, but she said, `No, no, we’ve got to keep it. You’ve done a lot of good stuff with that.”

“I put a lot of work in, and I didn’t have much expectation coming here to be honest with you.”

“It was just a matter this week of wanting to get comfortable on the greens. That was the goal. I didn’t really care how I played this week. So to be in the lead is a huge bonus.”

Matt did not realize that Webb had changed putters until the first green;

“He made about a 6- or 7-footer for birdie and I said, Holy cow, mark the time and date. Webb Simpson used a short putter and actually made it look pretty good.”

“Yesterday was a beautiful day of putting, and I joked with him that the USGA might have to rethink banning the long putter because he’s putting even better with a short putter. He didn’t miss a single putt that he should have made in two days. It was a very, very good effort.”

Tied in fourth place are Tim Clark and Troy Merrit, at -10 under par for the competition. By way of contrast Tim Clark is going to use the long putter until the last minute, before the anchoring ban comes into force.

16-year-old Kyle Suppa, is a high school golfer that attends the same high school that President Obama and Michelle Wie both graduated from.  Kyle fired his second consecutive -1 under par 69 Friday to make the cut on the number, -2 under par.