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Sony Open Recap: Kizzire Wins in Marathon Playoff

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.

Patton Kizzire was the runaway top player on the Tour in 2014-2015 with two wins and two runners-up. And then he made a big splash on the PGA Tour with top-five showings in his first two events as a member. He was 28. Yes, he was a late bloomer, but his career was finally off and running.

Except it wasn’t.

Kizzire meandered through the rest of 2015-16, then took a big step back in 2017-18.

Sometimes, it happens that way. Oftentimes in sports, careers don’t progress in a straight line.

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