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How good was Hideki Matsuyama's 3-wood from 276 yards to 32 inches on Sunday to win the Sony Open? According to strokes gained data, you're supposed to take nearly four strokes from that distance to hole out. Matsuyama did it in two, and in the process, he gained around 1.7 strokes on the field from a single swing of the golf club.

It was the closest second shot into No. 18 of the entire week at Waialae Country Club and the closest on Sunday to that pin position by more than 5 feet. It was, very literally, a once-in-a-week shot -- except that happened to be the last full swing of the golf tournament with the entire event on the line in a playoff.

The reaction was also very on brand for Matsuyama, who has built a reputation within the golf Twitter world for finishing swings with one hand or even slumping over when he flushes one to about 10 feet. This was not that, but it certainly looked similar since he had to try and peer into the sun to see where it was headed.

The champ, who did not lead any of the first 72 holes, was borderline dismissive of everyone else's histrionics.

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

It all sounds so simple! As No Laying Up pointed out afterward, it's instructive to think about just how far 276 yards is and how difficult it is to hit a ball into the sun at a pin from that distance -- even in practice, and even more so in a PGA Tour event with all the tension that had built over the last few hours as Matsuyama tried to catch Russell Henley.

Runner-up Henley was even more understated.

"Disappointing to lose, but Hideki hit a great shot in the playoff," he said.

The outpouring of praise on Twitter from both players and other media, however, was effusive. There was genuine disbelief over hitting a cut 3-wood from 276 yards to nearly inside the putter leather.

Keith Nakajima, the No. 1 amateur in the world who finished 41st in the event and was on hand for the finish, was in awe of what his golf hero had done. "I'm speechless right now," he said.

It was more than just a great shot, though. It was a tournament winner, and also possibly the shot of the year. We won't know for nine more months, of course, as the rest of the PGA Tour season plays out. But when the chaos of the Tour Championship has subsided and the scores have been tallied, I'm guessing this one -- given what was on the line, who hit it and what it was for – will be looped for several years. 

There may be better shots hit over the next 250 days of the season, but they're going to have to be nearly historically good to top what Matsuyama did in Honolulu on Sunday.