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Watch Hideki Matsuyama hit an all-time filthy 3-wood to win the Sony Open in a playoff

January 16, 2022

They say seeing is believing, but whoever “they” is who said that didn’t “see” Hideki Matsuyama pull off the early contender for 2022’s shot of the year.

Indeed, you can watch the video below as many times as you want, and you might still never believe what the 29-year-old pulled off, not matter if he is the reigning Masters champion or not. First hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Sony Open, 277 yards from the cup on the par-5 18th at Waialae Country Club, 3-wood in hand. All Matsuyama is really looking to do is get his ball somewhere on the green and put pressure on his opponent, Russell Henley. Well, he did that and then some. Check it out:

That wasn’t the last shot of the afternoon, but for all intents and purposes the tournament was over then and there. Seriously, how was Henley going to be able to top that? Not after watching his five-shot lead with nine holes to play slip away as Matsuyama posted a nifty 63 on Sunday.

The disappointing part of Matsuyama? He wasn’t able to see the shot in real time. As he looked up, the sun blocked him from following his ball snuggle to what Shotlink officially measured as 2 feet, 8 inches.

Guess that means he’ll have to keep watching the video then, like we are, and someday maybe, just maybe, he'll "believe" he pulled that shot off.