Honolulu – As the sun was setting in Hawaii, Patton Kizzire was putting the finishing touches on his 2nd win of the ’17-’18 season (earlier in the fall Kizzire won the OHL Mayacoba Classic). At the start of the day, it was Tom Hoge who entered the final round with a slim one stroke lead and seemed poised to notch his first career victory, but a late double bogey on Seth Raynor’s design at Waialae Country Club derailed any hopes. Hoge finished at -16 just one shot out of a tie for the lead and the chance to compete in a playoff.
James Hahn had the hot hand, climbing the leaderboard all day on his way to posting an impressive final round 62 to reach sudden death with Patton Kizzire. On the sixth hole of the playoff Kizzire made par to get the win. Hahn, was visibly shaken by the defeat and was blunt regarding his emotions, “I played good enough to win, but I didn’t. So for me, it’s not how many birdies I make, if I’m not coming out of the room with the trophy, it feels like I was defeated out there,” Hahn said. He continued, “I’d rather lose by a hundred than lose by one. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”
While Hahn was beating himself up for the defeat, Kizzire was on different trajectory after the big win, “I’m just going to keep working hard, I want to get the 3rd win. The first win was big, this one is even bigger.”
Kizzire now holds a sizable 452 point lead over Pat Perez in the Fedex Cup standings.