Kim finishes sturdy, edges Buckley by one to win Sony Open

HONOLULU — Si Woo Kim introduced a sleepy Sony Open to life Sunday with a birdie-birdie end that gave him a 6-under 64 and a one-shot victory over Hayden Buckley.

Buckley had a two-shot lead at first of the day and was amongst 9 gamers from the main 16 going into the ultimate spherical who had by no means gained.

Kim, who began the day three pictures behind, lastly caught up late within the spherical. However then Buckley holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the sixteenth gap to regain the lead, and Kim was within the group forward of him within the tough simply over the inexperienced on the par-3 seventeenth.

Kim heard the cheer from Buckley’s birdie, after which produced a second of his personal. He chipped in from slightly below 30 ft to tie Buckley once more.

“Right before that, I heard the noise,” Kim stated. “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 gap, Kim’s shot from 236 yards in a fairway bunker tumbled throughout the dry, quick turf of Waialae Nation Membership and onto the inexperienced. He took two putts from 40 ft for birdie, after which needed to wait.

Buckley’s method from the best collar got here out flat and to the best, leaving a tricky pitch up the slope to a pin within the again proper. It rolled out some 12 ft, and the birdie putt to pressure a playoff narrowly missed.

Kim gained for the fourth time on the PGA Tour, his first since The American Categorical within the California desert two years in the past. He completed at 18-under 262 after a 64-64 weekend.

Buckley needed to accept a 68. He made 9 straight pars after opening with a birdie, after which had a six-shot stretch on the again 9 of 1 par, two bogeys and three birdies. His two bogeys got here on putts of 5 ft and simply inside 4 ft, and he didn’t birdie the 2 par 5s at Waialae.

Chris Kirk had a 68 and completed alone in third.

It was the second straight week in Hawaii that somebody rallied from not less than three pictures behind to win, although it wasn’t practically as gorgeous as Jon Rahm coming from six again with 9 holes to play at Kapalua in opposition to Collin Morikawa.

“It always can happen fast, like last week,” Kim stated. “I tried my best every shot. It was a little shaky the last four holes.”

He missed the inexperienced on the seventeenth, and he missed the golf green on the 18th, two locations that make birdies exhausting to seek out. Kim managed and walked away with one other win.