Hideki Matsuyama made the turn at the Sony five strokes back on Russell Henley. Henly seemed to be cruising along. However, Matsuyama posted 31 on the back to catch Henley on 18 with a birdie putt to force a playoff. Henley had a chance to win but his 10 foot putt caught the edge of the hole and didn’t fall.
For the second time within an hour playing the 18th hole, Henley put his tee shot in a fairway bunker forcing a lay up on the par 5 hole. Matsuyama placed his tee shot in the fairway 276 yards out. While Henley hit his lay up, Matsuyama was able to go for the green. He his his 3 would to just over 2 feet from the hole – a wonderful shot. Henley couldn’t do anything to get close and Matsuyama drained the eagle for the win. Not known for his putting (which has held him back on many occasions), he had his best performance ever on the greens finishing 1st in putting for the event.
This is Matsuyama’s 8th PGA Tour victory tying him with KJ Choi for the most Tour wins by an Asian-born player. Keep in mind he is only 29 years old.