Smith snatches Hawaii play-off

Last Updated: 13/01/20 6:38am

Cameron Smith claimed victory at the Sony Open
Cameron Smith claimed victory at the Sony Open

Cameron Smith registered his second PGA Tour title with a dramatic play-off victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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Smith birdied the last to close out a two-under 68 at Waialae Country Club and join overnight leader Brendan Steele on 11 under, before beating the American on the first extra hole.

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Webb Simpson ended the week in third spot, with Graeme McDowell two shots off the pace in a share of fourth after moving up the leaderboard on a wet and windy final day with a six-under 64.

McDowell's tied-fourth finish was his first worldwide top-10 since June
McDowell’s tied-fourth finish was his first worldwide top-10 since June

Starting the day with a three-shot lead, Steele missed an eight-footer to save par at the second but made a tap-in birdie at the par-five ninth and holed his bunker shot on the 11th to restore his overnight advantage.

Smith closed the gap with a five-foot birdie at the next and moved within one when Steele three-putted the 13th from 40 feet, only for the Australian to drop a shot of his own at the 15th after failing to get up and down from a bunker.

Smith's victory moves him back inside the world's top 50
Smith’s victory moves him back inside the world’s top 50

Steele missed a six-foot par putt at the 17th to see his lead cut to one heading to the par-five last, where he hooked his approach on his way to a closing par and Smith made birdie to extend the contest.

The play-off saw Steele hit a wedge over the green from the middle of the fairway and fail to get up and down to save par, allowing Smith to secure victory with a two-putt par from 10 feet.

Steele (right) ended the week with a one-over 71
Steele (right) ended the week with a one-over 71

Simpson missed a 15-footer on the final hole to narrowly miss out on forcing his way into the play-off, while McDowell fired five consecutive birdies on his front nine to help end the week on nine under alongside Kevin Kisner and Ryan Palmer.

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“I’m very happy with the week’s work,” McDowell said. “I’m pretty bullish about the way I’m playing. I like the direction I’m moving with a lot of things and nice to have a big weekend and punch a nice position as I head into the rest of the season.”

Source : Sky Sports