Sony Open, thrilling victory for Kevin Na



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Sony Open, thrilling victory for Kevin Na

The Hawaii swing of the PGA Tour ended in a thrilling way with the Sunday of the Sony Open 2021. American Kevin Na (-21) withstood a large group of opponents and triumphed by a single stroke, recording his fifth career victory on the circuit.

The Sony Open final

At the Waialae Country Club the 37-year-old continued his excellent series early on, which sees him winner of an event in all the last four seasons, and also continues his climb in the ranking where from today he will occupy the 23rd position in the world order of merit.

Na, who was about to forfeit before the start on Thursday due to a hip problem, had entered the final round two strokes behind compatriot Brendan Steele, who however struggled from the starting shot and with a opaque -1 of the day was classified in fourth position at -19.The hopes of Na were therefore immediately ignited and his 65 in the fourth round, embellished by a final of -4 in the last six holes when it mattered most, was enough to keep behind the English Chris Kirk and the young Chilean Joaquin Niemann who finished at -20, keeping the pace of the winner with the respective 65 and 66 of the day.

One week ago, after over 7 years Harris English returned to success on the PGA Tour. The American golfer in Hawaii tok the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of 2021, and celebrated - with 267 (-25) strokes - his third career title on the top US men's circuit.

With a birdie at the first play-off hole, the 31-year-old from Valdosta (who had not managed to win since 2013, the year of his double sharp first at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and then at the OHL in Mayakoba) overtook the competition from Chilean Joaquin Niemann, second after a great comeback in the final lap characterized by a partial of 64 (-9), the best of the day.

In Kapalua third place (268, -24) for Justin Thomas, defending champion. Fourth place (269, -23) for Ryan Palmer (who had finished in the lead, with English, the third lap). Top 5 (271, -21) for Xander Schauffele (second in 2020 and winner in 2019), returning after the positivity at Covid, and Sungjae Im.

“It feels amazing. All the hard work that has gone into this, all the highs and lows of golf that it brings over a career and I feel like I've gotten out of my valley and getting back to the tournaments and some of the quality of golf that I know I can play.

It feels great to have some validation out there on the golf course. Every week you play with somebody that you might think does this better, does that better, but you are who you are, and you can get better at what you do.

That's what I've learned: to not go up-and-down the range saying, I need to be like Dustin or Justin Thomas or Xander Schauffele. I need to be the best version of myself and do the things I do well and always work at it. I feel like I've gotten a lot better at doing that and my coach back home has really kept me on track"