Na Outlasts Cantlay At Shriners

TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas has an owner, and his name is Kevin Na. Na bested Patrick Cantlay in a playoff to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open over the weekend. It was his fourth PGA Tour victory and second victory at TPC Summerlin.

Na dominated the greens all weekend, setting a PGA Tour record of 558 feet, 11 inches of putts made in a 72-hole event. It came out to a remarkable +14.263 in Strokes Gained: Putting. However, his final putt was the most important, a four-foot “gimme” on the second playoff hole, that sealed the victory for Na.

It wasn’t easy for Na to pull off the victory. Armed with a three-shot lead on Sunday, the Vegas native triple-bogeyed the 10th hole to allow the field to come back. Then on 16, Na found water, and, as a result, Cantlay took the lead briefly. But Cantlay went in the water on the next hole, and Na hit a huge 22-foot putt to save par and tie things up. Both Na and Cantlay finished the tournament at -23 before heading to the playoff.

With this victory, now his third in his last 30 starts, Na has his eyes set on the Presidents Cup. The Korean-born American is hoping Tiger Woods, the captain of the American Presidents Cup team, uses one of his captain’s picks on Na.

“I’m hoping he texts me. If not, I’m going to be texting him,” Na said. “Hopefully he’s keeping an eye on me. I could make some putts. I’m a good match-play player. I don’t know. I keep trying to sell myself. Hopefully he considers me.”

Other Finishes

As for the rest of the field, Cantlay has proven that he dominates this course as well. As the winner from two years ago and runner-up last year, he was the runner-up once again in 2019. Cantlay was great all the way until the 74th hole, where he three-putted the second sudden-death playoff hole to open the door for Na.

Pat Perez finished third, shooting a 21-under 263 for the tournament. Brian Stuard, Bryson DeChambeau, and Adam Hadwin all finished one stroke back of Perez, with the latter two shooting an 8-under 63 to finish in the top five. Other notable names and finishes included Webb Simpson (-19, T7), Tony Finau (-18, T9), and Hideki Matsuyama (-16, T16).

Next, the PGA Tour heads to the Lone Star State for the Houston Open. Henrik Stenson is the most recognizable name in the field and someone who has twice finished as the runner-up in the tournament. Russell Henley, Daniel Berger, Brian Harman, and Keegan Bradley are some of the others competing this weekend.

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