WATCH: The Sensational 3-Wood Shot That Sealed Sony Open Win for Hideki Matsuyama

Published 01/17/2022, 10:28 AM EST
January 16, 2022; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Hideki Matsuyama acknowledges the crowd after making his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hideki Matsuyama is quite famous for his golf swing in the golfing world. He takes a pause in his backswing before striking the ball in his downswing. Matsuyama is a seven-time PGA Tour winner and the first Japanese professional golfer to win a major championship. He won the 2021 Masters tournament.

January 16, 2022; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Hideki Matsuyama poses with 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

The latest win for Hideki came at the 2022 Sony Open in Hawaii. Hideki won last time on the PGA Tour at the ZOZO Championship but opened his 2022 season with an emphatic win.

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Hideki Matsuyama hits an unbelievable shot in the playoff

Russell Henley had a two-shot lead after the third round. Russell had a hot front nine with a birdie on the second hole, three consecutive birdies on the sixth, seventh, and the eighth, and an eagle on the ninth hole and had a five-shot lead at the turn. However, Hideki had just three birdies in the opening nine holes and had a mountain to climb.

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But Henley could not keep his form in the back nine with a bogey on the 12th hole. He had no birdies on the remaining seven holes. As a result, Hideki had a chance, and he capitalized on the chance by two consecutive birdies on the 10th and the 11th hole. Matsuyama made four birdies on the back nine to tie Russell on the top of the leaderboard with a total score of 23- under par. The Japanese golfer forced a playoff between himself and Henley, which started with them playing the 18th hole once again. Hideki hit a blistering drive onto the fairway and then hit the most beautiful three-wood from 277-yard onto the putting surface, leaving him a couple of feet to make an eagle. He made the putt and become the 2022 Sony Open winner, beating Henley in the first playoff hole.

 

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Japan gets its first golf major winner

Winning at Augusta is a dream of every professional golfer and Hideki is one of the latest players to accomplish his dream. He won the 2021 Masters tournament with an overall score of 10- under par. He defeated W. Zalatoris by one stroke and created history by becoming the first Japanese professional golfer to win a major.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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