Jonathan Byrd opened the PGA Tour season Sunday by closing with a 6-under 67 and winning a sudden-death playoff in the Tournament of Champions when Robert Garrigus missed a 3-foot par putt on the second extra hole.
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Adam Scott played alongside Dustin Johnson in the final round and finished tied for 21st.
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One day after news broke of his relationship with Natalie Gulbis, Dustin Johnson shot a 68 to finish tied for ninth.
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Under clear Hawaiian skies, Stricker shot a 71 to finish tied for fourth.
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Graeme McDowell just missed a putt on the final hole of regulation that would have earned him a spot in the playoff.
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McDowell fired a 62 on Sunday to tie the course record and finish alone in third place.
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Robert Garrigus missed a three-foot putt on the second playoff hole, costing him a shot at victory and handing Byrd the win.
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Robert Garrigus struggled on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, making par despite his prodigious length.
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Garrigus shot a 67 to get into the playoff against Byrd.
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Byrd made a hole-in-one in a playoff to win his last start of 2010 in Las Vegas. That win earned Byrd his 2011 Tour card and a spot this week at Kapalua.
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Steve Stricker shared the lead heading into Sunday, but he fell out of the three-way tie with a bogey on the first hole.
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It was Byrd's fifth career win, which also gave him an automatic bid to the Masters.
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A variety of species observed the action during the final round.