Si Woo Kim wins fourth title with late birdies

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January 16, 2023
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Si Woo Kim started the final day of the Sony Open three shots behind overnight leader Hayden Buckley and made the turn in 32 before taking the lead.

Buckley holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th to move back to the top of the leaderboard. Kim, who was ahead at the 17th, heard the cheer from the crowd before chipping in from 30 feet to tie him.

"Right before that, I heard the noise," said the South Korean. "It was kind of a tough lie. I had to hit it aggressive -- nothing to lose. I hit it aggressive, it goes in. It was exciting."

Kim birdied the final hole while Buckley missed his birdie putt at the 18th.

At the age of 27 this is Kim's fourth PGA Tour tile in his 220th start. He matched his second-lowest final-round score (his lowest was 63 at the 2016 Barbasol Championship) and his second-lowest 72-hole score (his lowest was 259 at the 2016 Wyndham Championship).

American Buckley's runner-up finish is his best on Tour, he previously came T4 at the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship.

"I feel like it definitely played tough out there, so I feel like my ball-striking was right where I wanted it. A little shaky earlier. I didn't hit it exactly where I wanted to early on, but again, the front nine is so difficult that I knew if I could just grind out a few pars and find my way to the back nine, I'd have a great chance.

"I feel like the putting was a little shaky. It didn't feel great all week, even though I did make a lot of putts. I made over 200 feet of putts at least in a couple days.

"With that, I feel like I made a lot of those long putts, but I struggled on the short ones. That was dating back to Thursday. Thursday I missed a three- or four-footer for birdie, and it feels like I missed one or two of those almost every day.

"That really just caught up to me at the end. I feel like I had control of the tournament pretty much the whole way, but just a late miss I think on 15 from three or four feet really hurt, but I bounced back with a birdie and gave myself a chance.

"Overall I was impressed by what I did, and I think I'll remember this day and it'll just make me better."

Two-time former champion Chris Kirk finished third at 15-under after closing with a 68 followed by fellow Americans Andrew Putnam (68) and David Lipsky (69) and Englishman Ben Taylor (69) tied in fourth place at 14-under.

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2Hayden Buckley-1767646468263
3Chris Kirk-1564656868265
T4Andrew Putnam-1470666268266
T4David Lipsky-1465666669266
T4Ben Taylor-1466666569266
T7Aaron Baddeley-1367706565267
T7Matt Kuchar-1370676466267
T7Maverick McNealy-1366676767267
T7Nate Lashley-1369656568267
T7Nick Taylor-1370686267267
T12Corey Conners-1269666865268
T12Nico Echavarria-1269696565268
T12Andrew Novak-1266706765268
T12J.J. Spaun-1266647167268
T12Byeong Hun An-1270656667268
T12Austin Eckroat-1266666868268
T12S.H. Kim-1265676868268
T12Taylor Montgomery-1264667068268
T12Ben Griffin-1265686768268
T21Adam Scott-1169666767269
T21Brendon Todd-1165687165269
T21Brice Garnett-1170676864269
T21Kevin Yu-1167666868269
T21Stewart Cink-1166686768269
T21Carl Yuan-1170656668269
T21J.T. Poston-1167666769269
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T28K.H. Lee-1069676569270
T28Harry Hall-1066696669270
T28Will Gordon-1069676371270
T32Michael Thompson-969656968271
T32Ben Martin-968686768271
T32Cam Davis-966706867271
T32Russell Henley-967696768271
T32Tyson Alexander-968696569271
T32Doc Redman-967686769271
T32Denny McCarthy-965686870271
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T32Ryan Palmer-971676865271
T41Chez Reavie-867676969272
T41Justin Suh-870656869272
T41Augusto Núñez-867686968272
T41Nick Hardy-871636870272
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T41Adam Svensson-869696767272
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T48Danny Lee-769686769273
T48Greyson Sigg-771676669273
T48Hideki Matsuyama-768696571273
T48Adam Long-768706768273
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T48Zac Blair-767697265273
T54Keita Nakajima-670676671274
T54Kevin Tway-670666771274
T54Joseph Bramlett-668696869274
T54MJ Daffue-667687168274
T54Joseph Winslow-666687268274
T54Davis Thompson-669687067274
T54Chad Ramey-668707264274
T61Cole Hammer-571666672275
T61Kelly Kraft-569686771275
T61Eric Cole-569676970275
T61Aaron Rai-567716869275
T65Brian Stuard-471656872276
T65Troy Merritt-468706969276
T67Taiga Semikawa-371666773277
T67Russell Knox-369696871277
T67Anders Albertson-368687170277
T67Adam Schenk-370687168277
T67Austin Smotherman-366727267277
72Kazuki Higa-269696971278
T73Harris English-165707272279
T73Kurt Kitayama-169697170279
75Zach Johnson169697271281
76Patton Kizzire267707273282
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CUTK.J. Choi-16673--139
CUTMark Hubbard-16871--139
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Sony Open in Hawaii 2023

Date: January 12th - 15th 2023

Location: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

Purse: $7,900,000

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