WATCH: Hideki Matsuyama Hits Stunning 3 Wood From 277 Yards To Win Sony Open Playoff

Shot of the year? Watch Hideki's sensational eagle to win the Sony Open...

Screenshots of Hideki Matsuyama's amazing 3 wood at the Sony Open
(Image credit: @PGATour)

We're barely halfway through January and it's safe to say we've already seen one of the best shots of the entire year! Hideki Matsuyama's 3 wood into the 18th hole during the Sony Open playoff will undoubtedly go down as one of the shots of 2022 - not just because of the skill involved but also due to the fact it won him his eighth PGA Tour title. The Masters champion, hitting into the late afternoon Hawaiian sun, flushed his 3 wood off the deck, producing a massive 177mph ball speed, and left himself a tap-in eagle to sink Russell Henley's hopes of winning as the Japanese star took home the Sony Open.

Matsuyama came from five back on the final nine thanks to a closing 31 that featured four birdies and five pars, including a birdie at the 18th in regulation to get into the playoff. The 29-year-old has now won 17 times as a professional and returns to the world's top 10.

Watch the incredible shot below:

"It was a perfect number for me for a cut 3-wood, 276 yards left to right, follow wind. I knew the green was soft enough to hold it, and I was able to pull it off," Matsuyama said of the shot. "To be honest I didn't even see it. But everybody started cheering and I knew it was good."

"I don't know how long it will take to get over it," a downbeat Russell Henley said after defeat. "I definitely take confidence from the tournament, but it really stings to not come away with the win. That's just part of it.

"It stings. I played some great golf. I feel like I was in it the entire time mentally this time. I didn't have too many mental lapses like I have other tournaments where I've been close to the lead in the last couple years."

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV