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The Clubhouse Bar & Grill will re-open Thursday, January 18th!
We will be open for both lunch and dinner!
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Grayson Murray Drains Putt To Capture Win!

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HONOLULU — Grayson Murray stuffed a wedge to 3 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-under 67 to join a three-way playoff and then won the Sony Open with a 40-foot birdie putt to set himself up for a potentially lucrative year.

Murray felt like a renewed person even before starting the season in Hawaii. He says he has been sober for eight months and was in a better frame of mine.

But the win — his first in more than six years — came at an ideal time.

The victory not only gets him in the Masters for the first time, Murray now has a spot in the $20 million signature events the rest of the season.

As big as the win was for Murray, it was a tough loss for Byeong Hun An and Keegan Bradley.

An was short of the par-5 18th green in the playoff in thick rough and pitched on to 4 feet, giving him the best chance at winning. But after Murray made his 40-footer, and Bradley missed his 18-foot birdie putt, An missed the short putt.

An had birdied the 18th in regulation for a 64.

Bradley broke out of a five-way tie with a 20-foot birdie putt on 15th hole. But he had pars the rest of the way for a 67, missing the fairway on the 18th in regulation and hitting a sand wedge some 20 feet short of the pin that took away a good birdie chance.

In the playoff, he was in the best position off the tee. His 5-wood sailed into the hospitality area left of the green, and his pitch came up well short.

Murray ran into trouble with PGA Tour discipline three years ago in Honolulu. He later took to social media to criticize the Tour for not helping him with his drinking. There also was a social media spat with Kevin Na when Murray poked fun at Na’s pace of play.

He was angry and his career was going nowhere since winning an opposite-field event at the Barbasol Championship in 2017.

But he’s in a better place now. Murray attributed so much of his calm to becoming a Christian, being engaged and dedicating himself last year to the Korn Ferry Tour with hopes of getting back to the big leagues.

“It’s not easy, you know?” he said. “I wanted to give up a lot of times — give up on myself, give up on the game of golf, give up on life at times. When you get tired of fighting, let someone fight for you.”

They finished at 17-under 263. Murray earned just under $1.5 million. There are seven signature events left this season, and Murray has a spot in all of them.

“I knew today was not going to change my life,” he said. “But it did change my career.”

Carl Yuan and Russell Henley each closed with a 63 and had their chances.

Henley was at 17 under until he pulled his tee shot left on the 16th, made a strong recovery but ultimately missed a 4-foot par putt. On the closing par 5, his drive went into such a deep lie in the rough he had no chance to get near the green and missed a 10-foot birdie chance.

Yuan made his mistake on the par-3 17th, missing the green left and missing a 4-foot par putt to fall out of the lead. And he appeared to get a break on the 18th when his second shot sailed into the hospitality area. The ball was never found, but rules officials talking to a few spectators decided it was somewhere in the hospitality area. He was given free relief and escaped with par.

But it didn’t help them. An hit the best approach of the day on the 18th to just inside 15 feet, and two-putt birdie made him the first to reach 17 under. Murray followed with a wedge to 3 feet for birdie, and Bradley missed his potential winner from just inside 25 feet.

J.T. Poston finished alone in sixth with the round of the week. He closed with a 61 and was among seven players who had a share of the lead at one point.

There was a five-way tie for the lead when the final group was on the 14th hole.

[NBCSPORTS.COM]

The First PGA Tour Event of 2024

Harris English, after Saturday’s low round at the Sentry, was asked about a little bit of everything. Sixty-fours that shoot you up the leaderboard can sometimes lead to that. 

Amongst the back-and-forth, reporters wondered:

Did it help that English started on the back nine on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, where scoring is often lower? Sort of, he said. His putter won the day, though.  

What was the difference in that putter? Harris said he was simply marrying his speeds and his lines better. During the first two rounds, they were off. (Golf, right?)

What did he do after the RSM Classic, the last PGA Tour tournament? He played in an event, the Grant Thornton Invitational, the PGA Tour-LPGA tournament. He duck-hunted in Missouri. He practiced. 

What was he working on? Same stuff, he said. It’s monotonous, he admitted. But the repetition gets him to be repetitive come game time. 

Would it help him during the final round that he won the 2021 Sentry? No doubt.

Did he want to add anything else? 

“It’s playing how it should out there,” he said. “It’s windy, it’s tricky, got some good pins, it’s a lot of fun. I know everybody’s having a lot of fun this week and it’s probably the best shape I’ve ever seen it.”

“And you’re getting money at the end of the week.”

“Yeah, and we’re getting a lot of money. Pretty good place to start out for the year.”

Which is a nice segue to this:

Here is a complete list of the 2024 Sentry payouts for all 59 players. The total purse is $20 million.

How much every player made at the 2024 Sentry...

[Source: Golf.com]

Clubhouse Bar & Grill Winter Closure

 

Clubhouse Bar & Grill at Sugar Maple

 

 The Clubhouse Bar & Grill will be closed
Sunday, December 31st through Wednesday, January 17th.

 

We look forward to seeing you for a signature Christmas Margarita the remainder of the month! 

 

We are open for Dinner from 5pm - 9pm
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