Grayson Murray simply repeated himself and wound up a winner.
The 30-year-old Murray made a short birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and then sank a 39-footer for another birdie on the first playoff hole to turn back Byeong Hun An of South Korea and Keegan Bradley to win the 59th Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu within view of the famed Diamond Head Crater.
“I just shows you that a lot of hard work pays off, and there were times when I just wanted to give up,” said Murray, who has battled alcoholism and claimed his only other PGA Tour victory in the 2017 Barbasol Championship.
“I just persevered and found a new platform to write a new story in my life with the help of my fiancé, Tyler, and all my friends back home. This is a lot for me and another notch in my life, and I have to keep it going.
“But, I’m excited to win again. I knew today was not going to change my life, but it did change my career.”
Murray, who also has won three times on the Korn Ferry Tour among six victories as a professional, made three birdies in a bogey-free 67 in the final round to catch Bradley and An at 17-unde-par 67.
With the victory, Murray earned his first invitation to the Masters in April at Augusta National Golf Club.
Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion, sank a 21-foot eagle putt on the ninth hole in a 67, but missed a 26-footer on the final hole of regulation that would have won the tournament, while An made a 15-footer for eagle in a 64, but missed a six-footer that would have prolonged the playoff after Bradley missed a 17-footer.
Russell Henley made a 20-foot eagle putt on the ninth hole and had three birdies on each nine en route to a 63 and finished one stroke back in a tie for fourth with Carl Yuan of China, who also eagled No. 9 in another 63, while J.T. Poston was another shot down in solo sixth following a brilliant, bogey-free 61.
Nick Taylor of Canada birdied the last three holes on the front nine en route to a 65 and wound up three behind in a tie for seventh with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, who had four birdies on the front nine in a 66, and Mattieu Pavon of France, who eagled the ninth hole in a second straight 67.
Andrew Putnam of Pepperdine carded a bogey-free 64 with four birdies on the back nine and finished four strokes behind in a tie for 10th with Harris English, who had four birdies on the front nine in another 64, and Taylor Pendrith of Canada, who shot a bogey-free 65.
Eric Cole of Palm Springs, the 2022-23 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, birdied the last two holes to cap a 66 and tied for 12th, while ninth-ranked Brian Harman sank a 17-foot eagle putt at No.9 in a 67 and tied for 18th.
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