Houston Chronicle

Na captures Sony with big finish


Three shots behind with six holes to play, Kevin Na birdied three straight holes and finished with an upand-down birdie from behind the 18th green for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot victory in the Sony Open at Honolulu.

Na won for the fifth time in his PGA Tour career, and

this one looked unlikely when he three-putted for bogey on the 12th hole at a time where there was no room for mistakes.

He answered with birdie putts of 15, 10 and 6 feet, and the winning shot was out of the right rough on the par-5 closing hole at Waialae and ran just over the back of the green. He chipped to tap-in range for his last birdie.

Na finished one shot ahead of Joaquin Niemann and Chris Kirk.

Kirk stepped away from golf in May 2019 citing alcoholism and depression, a bold move that is paying off. He was given a medical extension to make up for lost time, and this was the final event for him to regain full status.

Needing nearly 150 FedEx Cup points at the Sony Open, his tie for second was worth 245 points.

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