SONY Open Tournament Review and Notebook
Kevin Na birdied the 18th hole to secure a one-stroke victory over Chris Kirk and Joaquin Niemann and win the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii, his fifth PGA Tour career win.
Na’s rank in the FedExCup standings improved 88 positions to 10th place marking his 49th career week ranked inside the top 10 of the FedExCup.
After his runner-up finish last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Joaquin Niemann’s T-2 finish this week made him the first player since Webb Simpson (2019) with consecutive runner-up finishes in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour.
Defending champion Cameron Smith finished T-62 at 8-under.
In the final start under his major medical extension, Chris Kirk (T-2) earned enough FedExCup points to remain in that category for the remainder of the season. Kirk entered the week needing 148.934 points and earned 245 points with the two-way T-2.
Prize Money from the Sony Open: (link)
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Sony Open in Hawaii Final Leaderboard
Kevin Na 67-66-61-65—259 (-21)
Chris Kirk 65-65-65-65—260 (-20)
Joaquin Niemann 62-69-63-66—260 (-20)
Webb Simpson 65-65-67-64—261 (-19)
Marc Leishman 66-65-65-65—261 (-19)
Brendan Steele 65-66-61-69—261 (-19)
Full Leaderboard (link)
What They’re Saying:
Na Wins SONY Open (PGA Tour com)
Na Finishes Strong (Associated Press)
Kevin Na Final Round PGA Tour Com Highlights (link)
What Did Justin Thomas Learn This Week - (Golf Week)
Up Next? The American Express
First Look at The American Express (link)
2020 Tourney Results (link)
On This Day in Golf History:
January 18, 2004 - Ernie Els won the SONY Open in Hawaii for the second consecutive year, making a 30-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Harrison Frazar. Els became the first player to win back-to-backs at the SONY in 17 years. (Courtesy Randy Walker), Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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