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Hideki Matsuyama caps late rally with playoff eagle to win Sony Open

the PGA Tour

Hideki Matsuyama
Russell Henley
K.J. Choi
Isao Aoki
Kevin Kisner
Seamus Power


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the Sony Open
the Zozo Championship
the CJ Cup at Summit

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The New York Times
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(0:48)HONOLULU -- Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open.And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career.In a sudden-death playoff with Russell Henley, Matsuyama hit a 3-wood from 276 yards, right into the sun, and had no idea that it settled 3 feet away for eagle on the par-5 18th until he heard an enormous cheer from one of the largest galleries at Waialae."To be honest, I didn't even see it," Matsuyama said. That appeared to free him, for Henley went on a tear from there -- a tap-in birdie, an 8-foot birdie, a 3-foot birdie and then an approach to 3 feet for eagle on the par-5 ninth.Matsuyama three-putted for par and suddenly was five shots behind."Russell was playing so beautifully the front nine, but at the turn I was thinking, 'He can't keep this up, can he?'" Matsuyama said through his interpreter.Matsuyama started the back nine with a birdie, and then a two-shot swing followed on the par-3 11th when Henley went left into a bunker for bogey and Matsuyama holed a 12-foot par.Henley saved two big pars, including an 8-footer on No. 13, and Matsuyama shaved another shot off the lead with a 20-foot birdie on the 15th.That set up the big finish.Henley's looked closely at Matsuyama's long putt that rolled near his marker and saw it turn left.

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