Sony Open 2020: Recap

Australian Cameron Smith defeated Brendan Steele on the first playoff hole to claim his first solo victory on TOUR.

1.) BUT BUT BUT GLASS, the graphic says he’s won TWICE on TOUR.

He has.

Partnering with Jonas Blixt, they won the Zurich Classic event in 2017, so this is his first SOLO win on TOUR.

2.) Right church, wrong pew as I was on Australian Marc Leishman this week. He’s now 11-11 in the event after T28. So close but yet so, so, so far.

3.) Brendan Steele co-led after 36 and had a three-shot lead after 54 holes. He also led by three with eight holes to play.

4.) Four rounds = all lift, clean and replace due to wet conditions. It didn’t help much as only three players posted scores double digits under par.

5.) Kevin Kisner and Ryan Palmer shared fourth. They were the only two players to post all four rounds in the 60s this week. #WindPlayers. I’m glad I was on Palmer in the top 10 LAST WEEK at windy Kapalua. I stink.

6.) Webb Simpson’s continued hot play rewarded those who couldn’t wait for TPC Sawgrass or the Wyndham. His solo third check was worth almost 500k for OAD players and followed a playoff loss at RSM.

7.) Graeme McDowell picked up T4 in his first appearance at Waialae. #BallFlight.

8.) Ted Potter, Jr backed up his T13 last year with T8 this time around. Got it. His only top 10 last year was at the new event in Detroit.

9.) In the “if you’re hot, you’re hot” category (coastal golf only division) Henrik Norlander parlayed his T5 at RSM to close 2019 into T9 at Waialae. He cashed T20 on his last visit in 2017. Alrighty then.

10.) Cameron Davis played six events to open the 2019-2020 season last fall and MC in five of them. He went back to Australia, picked up T3 at their PGA championship and parlayed it into T-36-hole leader and T9 payday this week. That was his first top 10 of 2019, week No. 51.

11.) Bo Hoag entered the week with seven consecutive cuts made. Make it eight as he picked up his first top 10 payday on TOUR with all four rounds at par or better for T9.

12.) Lanto Griffin matched G-MAC with 64 for the low round of Sunday (and the week) by two shots. Griffin beat GMAC as he moved up 23 spots to T7 while the Ulsterman moved up 19 spots

13.) Corey Conners, Brandt Snedeker, Joel Dahmen and Hideki Matsuyama all posted 66 to move up 18 spots to T12. Conners was T3 last year. Matsuyama picks up his first top 15 in SEVEN tries. Dahmen continues his trend, in a good way, here.

14.) Collin Morikawa looked like a mere mortal on Sunday as his 72 dropped him out of the top five to T21. Hard conditions here mean lots of pars instead of lots of birdies. Over-par never works at Waialae.

15.) Smith was FOUR OVER after his first two holes and won the event as he circled 21 birdies to co-lead the field with Simpson.

16.) Smith led the field in SG: Putting, gaining just over eight shots on the field for the week. He was also ninth in SG: Around-the-Green as his short game was the difference this week.

17.) Charles Howell III cashed for the 19th time in 19 tries with T12. My biggest play this week was him producing at top 20 finish at +175. His par putt from four feet on 18 had me sweating a bit! Make and it’s T12. Miss and it’s T21 and out of the money! That’s 13 top 25s in 19 folks.

18.) Brendon Todd became the first Mayakoba winner from the current season NOT to win in three years. He finished T21 and continued his excellent season.

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