2024 Sony Open Recap

Grayson Murray Earns Dramatic Win in Hawaii

Honolulu, HI – Grayson Murray (-17) won the 2024 Sony Open in a playoff.  It was his second career victory and first since 2017.  Murray, Keegan Bradley, and Ben An went into a playoff after each finished 72 holes in -17.  Bradley and Murray had entered the day tied for the lead while An found himself three strokes back.

With plenty left to do and An in tight for a birdie on the first playoff hole, Murray drained a 38 foot bomb to put the pressure on.  Putting has always been the achilles heel of what is an otherwise elite game for An and unfortunately for him, his short birdie attempt didn’t sniff the hole.

Murray also made a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole to get himself into the playoff.  He played extraordinarily well all week.  Though undeniably talented, he has made headlines for more of the wrong reasons than anything else in recent years.  One major storyline this week was regarding his redemption arc.  He was candid about his past struggles, revealing that he’s now 8 months sober and actively working to better himself as a person.  Now he’s fully exempt into all the big events for the year, including the Masters for the first time in his career.

Finishing T4 one stroke behind those three at -16 were Carl Yuan and Russell Henley.  Henley has had success at this venue before and Yuan is a recent KFT grad who benefited greatly from Jon Rahm’s defection and now finds himself in an even better position moving forward.  J.T. Poston finished one behind them in solo sixth at -15.

Other top names in the field included Tyrrell Hatton (T13, -12); Ludvig Aberg and Hideki Matsuyama (both T30, -9); Sahith Theegala and Matt Fitzpatrick (both MC).

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to the California desert for the American Express.  Jon Rahm won last year’s edition so we’ll see a new champ this year from a field that includes Sam Burns, Wyndham Clark, Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, and for the first time in well over a year, Daniel Berger.

Grayson Murray What’s In The Bag

Driver: Mizuno ST-X 230 10.5° (UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X White 7F5)

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue ST Max 16.5° (UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Black 7F5)

7 Wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond 20° (UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X 8F5)

Irons: Mizuno Pro 225 4, Mizuno Pro 221 5-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue)

Wedges: Mizuno T24 52°, 56°, 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

Putter: L.A.B. Golf Link.1

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