2021 Sony Open Recap

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.


DRIVER: Callaway GBB Epic 9 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD GP-6 TX)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 13.5 degrees & 18 degrees (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX⁣)

HYBRID: PXG 0317X GEN2 19 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95X⁣)

IRONS: Callaway Rogue Pro (4), Apex Pro 16 (5-PW) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (54 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw (60 degrees) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

PUTTER: Odyssey Toulon Madison

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Zack Buechner

Zack has been a contributor at Plugged In Golf since 2018. Zack has worked in healthcare for over 12 years and currently works from home in health care technology. His previous work experience includes stints in the NFL, NCAA D-1 athletics, and PGA Tour Champions. Zack lives in southern Connecticut with his wife Ashley and their 2 children (Beau (5) & Lunden (1)) and their dog. Although he only started playing golf after college, Zack is passionate for the game and the journey to getting better while regularly participating in state and national amateur events all across the northeast.

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