Maui, HI – The second trophy given out in the state of Hawaii in less than a week was handed to 5-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Na. The Sony Open is played a few islands away from last week’s Tournament Of Champions in Kapalua but is truly the years first full-field event.
While Kevin Na is the deserved winner in Hawaii this week, Brendan Steele certainly has some frustrations of his own. In last years event, he lost in a playoff. This year, he held a 2-shot 54-hole lead on Sunday. Coming down the stretch, there were several players making a push for a victory. Joaquin Niemann, who lost in a playoff last week to Harris English, birdied 4 of his final 9 holes including 17 and 18 to get to 20-under par. UGA graduate Chris Kirk also birdied 3 in a row on his back 9 and then birdied 18 to get his score to 20-under. Brendan Steele unfortunately went backwards with 2 bogeys and no birdies to finish at 19-under. Kevin Na started his back 9 on Sunday with a bogey on 12, but then birdied 3-in-a-row with a putt for birdie to take the lead on 18 at 21-under par.
This is Kevin Na’s 5th PGA Tour victory and 1st win in over a year. Next week, the PGA Tour heads back to the mainland for the American Express Tournament in La Quinta, California.
KEVIN NA WITB
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