HONOLULU– Si Woo Kim brought a drowsy Sony Open to life Sunday with a birdie-birdie surface that offered him a 6-under 64 as well as a one- fired triumph over Hayden Buckley.
Buckley had a two-shot lead at the beginning of the day as well as was amongst 9 gamers from the leading 16 entering into the last round that had actually never ever won.
Kim, that began the day 3 shots behind, lastly captured up late in the round. But after that Buckley holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th opening to reclaim the lead, as well as Kim remained in the team in advance of him in the harsh simply over the eco-friendly at the par-3 17th.
Kim listened to the joy from Buckley’s birdie, and afterwards created a minute of his very own. He contributed from simply under 30 feet to connection Buckley once more.
“Right before that, I heard the noise,” Kim claimed. “It was kind of a tough lie. I had to hit it aggressive — nothing to lose. I hit it aggressive, it goes in. It was exciting.”
On the par-5 closing opening, Kim’s fired from 236 backyards in a fairway shelter toppled throughout the completely dry, quick lawn of Waialae Country Club as well as onto the eco-friendly. He took 2 putts from 40 feet for birdie, and afterwards had to delay.
Buckley’s technique from the appropriate collar appeared level as well as to the right, leaving a hard pitch up the incline to a pin in the back appropriate. It presented some 12 feet, as well as the birdie putt to pressure a playoff directly missed out on.
Kim won for the 4th time on the PGA Tour, his very first because The American Express in the California desert 2 years earlier. He completed at 18-under 262 after a 64-64 weekend break.
Buckley had to opt for a 68. He made 9 straight the same levels after opening up with a birdie, and afterwards had a six-shot stretch on the back 9 of one the same level, 2 bogeys as well as 3 birdies. His 2 bogeys began putts of 5 feet as well as simply inside 4 feet, as well as he stopped working to birdie both par fives at Waialae.
Chris Kirk had a 68 as well as completed alone in 3rd.
It was the 2nd straight week in Hawaii that somebody rallied from at the very least 3 shots behind to win, though it had not been virtually as spectacular as Jon Rahm originating from 6 back with 9 openings to dip into Kapalua versus Collin Morikawa.
“It always can happen fast, like last week,” Kim claimed. “I tried my best every shot. It was a little shaky the last four holes.”
He missed out on the eco-friendly on the 17th, as well as he missed out on the fairway on the 18th, 2 locations that make birdies tough to discover. Kim handled as well as won an additional win.
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