Kizzire's slow start in golf is picking up speed

Published 2:58 a.m. ET Jan. 15, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — Patton Kizzire never lost his cool even in the midst of a wild week on Oahu he won’t soon forget.

He woke up Saturday morning to a push alert about a ballistic missile strike on Hawaii that turned out to be a false alarm.

Kizzire received a text the next morning from the PGA Tour about another strike, this one real, of the labor variety. The camera and audio production crew for Golf Channel walked off the job during the final round of the Sony Open when contract negotiations stalled. While it didn’t affect anyone’s game, it was no less strange to see so many TV towers that were vacant during the final round at Waialae Country Club.

If that wasn’t enough, the caddie of fellow Auburn alum Blayne Barber collapsed and was in critical condition with bleeding and swelling in his brain.

So it was only fitting that the Sony Open concluded Sunday with the longest playoff in its 53-year history,…

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