The fortnight of the PGA Tour in Hawaii came to an exciting end when Kevin Na held off a group of contenders to win by one shot for his fifth PGA Tour victory. Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s final round at Waialae Country Club:
Classification table: Na (-21), Chris Kirk (-20), Joaquin Niemann (-20), Webb Simpson (-19), Marc Leishman (-19), Brendan Steele (-19)
What does it mean: It took Na about 10 years, or 369 starts, to claim his first PGA Tour victory (2011). Now, the 37-year-old Na has won for the fourth consecutive season, and in a span of 55 starts, thanks to a final round, 65 under par. After reaching the Tour Championship last season, Na was without a top-10 in six starts this season, although he had done all but one. After this victory, Na is ranked 23rd in the world, her goal this year is to reach the top 20, and she is suddenly on the radar for the US Ryder Cup.
As a step: Na, who nearly withdrew from the event Wednesday due to a rib injury, entered the final round two shots behind Steele, but when Steele struggled off the tee down the stretch, Na came to life. Na birdied numbers 13, 14 and 15 to take the lead, and then went up and down from behind the 18th green for another birdie to break a tie with Kirk.
Just lost: While Kirk did not win, he will leave Honolulu feeling fulfilled. Kirk was making the final start to his major medical extension this week after turning away from golf in May 2019 to address depression and alcoholism, and he needed a little over 148 FedExCup points, or a two-way tie for third o better, in Sony to preserve the complete state. He went up and down to birdie his 72nd hole to satisfy his extension requirements. Meanwhile, Niemann hit a 57-foot birdie on the penultimate hole, but needing an eagle on the last hole, he found the sand on his first two shots and settled for a birdie and his second consecutive Tour finish.
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Take of the day: No hit was more meaningful than Kirk’s third at No. 18, a short flop 25 yards within 2 feet to set up a big birdie.
Biggest disappointment: Steele. The 54-hole leader, who lost to Sony in a playoff last year, needed seven holes to make a birdie Sunday. After birdie ing No. 7 and capping the first nine with an eagle, Steele had a poor three putt at No. 10 and then missed several fairways as part of a final nine with no birdie, 2 out of 37.
Quote of the day: In the shadow of Kevin Kisner, here’s Na during his winner’s presser: “I felt like Waialae is a golf course where I really have a shot, and there aren’t many of these left anymore, so I have to take advantage of it. great feeling of winning on a golf course where I really feel like I can win. “