Kevin Na leaves Niemann untitled at Sony Open

The American won by a blow to the Chilean and his compatriot Chris Kirk on the last day of the tournament. Sergio García finished in 47th position.


For the second consecutive tournament, the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann was on the verge of achieving what would have been his second title on the PGA circuit by finishing second, tied with the American Chris Kirk, at the conclusion of the fourth and final round of the Sony Open after adding 260 strokes (-20), one more than the new champion Kevin Na had (259, -21) .

The three players decided the title on the last hole (18) when they all needed to make a birdie to have the chance to win and that was what they got, but with an advantage for Na, a 37-year-old native of South Korea, nationalized American, who had one less hit (-20) .

Niemann, 22, with five birdies and a bogey, the one who did just beginning the round (hole 3), had a record of 66 shots (-4) to close another brilliant performance, like the one he already starred in last week when he was close to the victory in the Sentry Tournament Champions, after losing the playoff against the American Harris English.The Chilean golfer, who awaits his second PGA Tour victory after winning the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in 2019, confirmed that he is currently the fittest player on the circuit.

While Na, thirty-seventh in the world rankings, won his fifth title on the PGA circuit at the conclusion of the fourth round at the Waialae Country Club, Honolulu (Hawaii) with a signed card of 65 strokes (-5) after the third had achieved the mark of 61 (-9), which was the one that opened the doors to the final triumph.

"It has been a dream the way I have played the last two days," said Na, who had not won the PGA Tour title since October 6, 2019 when he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open title. "It's good to meet again with my best game" .

Americans Webb Simpson and Brendan Steele, who started the day as the leader with two strokes clear, together with Australian Marc Leishman shared fourth place with 261 impacts (-19) .

While the Mexican Carlos Ortiz completed a great journey by delivering a card of 64 strokes (-6) that allowed him to add 264 strokes (-16) and share fourteenth place.

Ortiz had the honor of being the only player on the day and the tournament who managed to make two eagles (holes 9 and 10) to also finish with four birdies, the last two to close the round (17 and 18) after having started it a bogey, the first of the two that I register (1 and 14) .

The Spanish Sergio García completed the last round with a signed card of 70 (even), the same score he had in the initial and added 270 strokes (-10) to occupy the 47th place in the classification that he shared with Argentines Emiliano Grillo and Nelson Ledesma and six other golfers.

Grillo and Ledesma completed the last round with respective records of 67 (-3) and 66 (-4), respectively, to maintain their consistency in the game.

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