Kizzire tops Hahn in playoff for Sony Open title

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LOS ANGELES: Patton Kizzire parred the sixth playoff hole on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to vanquish James Hahn and seize his second US PGA Tour title of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The marathon playoff capped a day when Kizzire needed all of his patience at Waialae in Honolulu.

He parred the first nine holes before an eagle at the 10th gave him a share of the lead. After another birdie and a bogey he finished with a 68 for 17-under 263.

Hahn was already in the clubhouse at 17-under after a storming final-round 62, and it would take half a dozen more holes to determine the winner.


American Patton Kizzire poses with the trophy after winning the Sony Open In Hawaii on the sixth playoff hole against James Hahn (not pictured) at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. AFP PHOTO

“It wasn’t necessarily pretty but it was nice to come out on top,” Kizzire said. “James had a great round today.”

Kizzire, who won at Mayakoba in Mexico in November, became the tour’s first two-time winner in the 2017-18 season when he finished off Hahn at the par-three 17th. Kizzire was just off the green, 22 feet from the hole and Hahn further off the putting surface.

Both opted to putt, Kizzire leaving himself a four-footer that he made after Hahn’s eight-foot effort caught the edge but didn’t drop.

“It was kind of a marathon playoff,” Kizzire said. “I was hoping I could make an eagle on the first hole and end it quickly but I’ll take it any way I can get it.”

Kizzire and Hahn both opened the playoff with pars at the par-five 18th.

Both birdied 18 when they returned again for the second hole, then both parred the par-three 17th.

They returned again to 18, where Hahn got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker while Kizzire two-putted for birdie from 28 feet.

Both were in a greenside bunker at 18 for the fifth playoff hole and came up with pars.

Hahn had been a perfect 2-0 in previous tour playoffs, winning both of his titles to date in extra holes.

Seven adrift to start the day, he roared up the leaderboard with an eight-under par round.

AFP

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