(Reuters) – Cameron Smith won the Sony Open on the PGA Tour in Hawaii on Sunday after the Australian made up three shots in the final and defeated leader Brendan Steele overnight in a playoff.
Cameron Smith wins the trophy during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Smith, two shots behind with two holes, hit a par 4 on the decider's first hole and watched Steele, who had led most of the last round, spin the hole.
The 26-year-old Australian had already played on the 18th birdie to force a playoff after Steele finished eleven-under-par in two of the last six holes and missed his fourth PGA tour win.
It was Smith's second PGA Tour win after his 2017 triumph at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.
After starting the tournament at Waialae Country Club with a bogey five and a triple bogey seven in the first two holes, he started again on Sunday with an upside down round with four birdies and two bogeys.
"I didn't feel like I played particularly well, but I did the putts that I had to do," he said. "It was a fight all day, conditions were wet and a bit windy this morning, so it was definitely a challenge."
"Things just collapsed," he added. "Sometimes you need a bit of luck to be misleading and you never know what can happen."
This luck was just the opposite for Steele, who will make up for the mistakes of his last lap.
The 36-year-old Californian missed a 6-foot putt on the 17th on the 17th and then hit an approach shot in company tents to the left of the green on the 18th. He was eye to eye, but Smith's birdie forced the playoff.
"Everything that could go wrong went wrong today," said Steele, according to the Golf Channel.
Webb Simpson finished third with 10 Under, while Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland made another move with 6 Under Par 64.
Reporting by Andrew Downie; Edited by Peter Rutherford