Thanks to a frenzied rally on Sunday, Hideki Matsuyama took his first victory in 2022.
The defending Masters champion pulled himself out of a five-shot holeshot to force the playoffs before beating Russell Henley to win the Sony Open on Sunday.
Matsuyama has already won twice this season and twice in his last three starts after winning the Zozo Championship in October. The eight-time Tour winner, who is the only two-time Tour winner so far this season, finished T13 last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Henley, after leading most of the way in Honolulu, took a five-stroke lead on Sunday after an incredible finish to his front nine, where he had three birdies and an eagle in his last four holes.
Henley, however, bogeyed early in the back, and Matsuyama birdied back-to-back to close the gap to just two. Matsuyama then birdied the 15th with a long putt only to recover one.
Matsuyama, however, missed birdie putts on the next two holes while Henley parried, sending him to the final hole with a header.
It didn’t last long. Matsuyama ripped a 338-yard drive on the par-5 18 while Henley found the tee bunker. Matsuyama then hit the green in two and hit the eagle, while Henley’s birdie putt was just wide of the mark – which sent the two into the playoffs.
Henley’s drive on the playoff hole again found the bunker while Matsuyama easily blocked his approach just yards from the cut. Henley then missed the green on his approach, allowing Matsuyama to press his eagle and take the win.
Matsuyama posted a second straight 7-under 63 on Sunday, which took him to -23 on the week. Henley, who held the 54-hole lead, has now blown such a lead six times in his career. Kevin Kisner and Seamus Power finished tied for third under 19 this week.