(Honolulu) Three strokes behind with six holes to play, Kevin Na finished strong and handed in a 65 (- 5) card on Sunday to win the Sony Open by one stroke.
Na won for the fifth time in his career on the PGA Tour, but this latest triumph seemed rather unlikely after he made a buggy at 12e hole.
Na recovered with three consecutive birdies and concluded the final round with a birdie in the 18e hole of the Waialae Golf Club course.
The American beat Joaquin Niemann and Chris Kirk (65). Na showed a cumulative score of – 21.
Niemann played 66 and he finished second for a second straight week in Hawaii. The Chilean posted a cumulative score of -45 in both events, but he will return home without a trophy.
Kirk walked away from the competition in May 2019, citing problems with alcoholism and depression. He needed to collect around 150 FedEx Cup points at the Sony Open to regain his regular status and his second place gave him 245.
Na won a tournament for a fourth consecutive season. He looked comfortable on the pitch even though victory seemed to elude him.
“I knew there was still a lot of opportunity to pull off a birdie,” he said. I had fun in the field. ”
Canada’s Nick Taylor, who led the tournament after two rounds, tied for 11e place, at minus-17. His compatriots Mackenzie Hughes and Mike Weir respectively took the 19e and 47e echelons.