The spoils at the Sony Open came from Kevin Na, a winner for the fourth straight season after coming from 3 shots behind with six holes to play for a one-shot success with a birdie on the final hole.
The alleviation reward came from Chris Kirk, and it seemed like a win.
Kirk stepped away in May 2019 since of alcoholism and depression, a decision he feels conserved himself, his family and his profession. He was playing the last occasion of a medical extension the PGA Trip awarded him for lost time, and he delivered a 65 to finish one shot behind.
The birdie on the last hole provided him enough points to regain complete status.
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” It absolutely changes everything having the ability to be back to picking my schedule like I’m utilized to over the last variety of years,” Kirk stated. “To enter into a week and say I have actually got to end up top 3 to keep going and do is ridiculous. I’m grateful God put me in a fantastic circumstance, and you never ever know what’s going to happen.”
Na might have felt likewise.
The Sony Open is usually so crowded at the top that nobody is safe and no one is ever out of it. Na just looked to be out of it when he missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 11 th and after that three-putted for bogey from 40 feet on the 12 th to fall 3 shots behind Brendan Steele.
He responded to with 3 straight birdies, Steele faltered at Waialae for the 2nd straight year, and Na delivered the winning shot with a 5-wood from the rough that went simply over the back of the green on the par-5 18 th, leaving him a simple up-and-down for birdie and a 5-under 65.
” I was playing perhaps a little bit more aggressive coming down the stretch, not worrying a lot about second or third, more focused on simply that– winning,” Na said. “Every year, I want to win and I expect to win on the ideal golf courses.”
Kirk and Joaquin Niemann (66) ended up one shot behind, and it just felt good to among them. Niemann was runner-up for the 2nd straight week in Hawaii. He completed the 2 Hawaii occasions at 45- under par without a trophy to show for it.
” Just another great week, so pleased for that,” Niemann said. He leaves Hawaii with $1,369,400 in revenues.
Na gathered his fifth career victory on the PGA Trip. Na, who turned pro out of high school, didn’t win until his 8th season. It was seven more seasons until he won once again. Now he depends on 4 seasons in a row.
” I believe experience is the reason why I’ve been winning,” he said. “When you do it again, you know it seems like the next one comes much easier. … I think more about winning given that I’ve been winning more frequently.”
It was hard to think that method when he was lacking time. From the rough left of the 13 th, he struck his approach into just under 15 feet for the first of three straight birdies.
When It Comes To Brendan Steele, it was another year of dissatisfaction in paradise, this one more of a sluggish leak. Steele in 2015 had a two-shot lead with two to play and wound up losing in a playoff. This time, he made an 18- foot eagle putt on the ninth hole to take a three-shot lead into the back 9.
He hit driver on the 355- lawn 10 th and didn’t rather clear a bunker, leaving an uncomfortable lie. He put his wedge on the front of the green some 80 feet away and three-putted. His game was so tentative the rest of the manner in which he didn’t have a birdie possibility inside 30 feet up until the 17 th hole. That was from 10 feet to tie for the lead, and he missed that.
Steele also failed to birdie the 18 th and closed with a 69.
” Totally altered the momentum,” Steele said about his bogey on the 10 th. “Every shot I hit after that ended up with an odd lie. … I believe you just need to really take some positives out of this. Tough to see for me right now.”
Webb Simpson matched the low score of the final round with a 64 and tied for 4th along with Steele and Marc Leishman, shot 30 on the back 9.
Na completed at 21- under 259 and is assured of returning to Hawaii for two weeks next year, starting with the Competition of Champions at Kapalua. That course can be too huge for him. Waialae showed to be an ideal fit.