South Korean-born American Kevin Na won his first US PGA Tour title of an eight-year career, firing a six-under par 65 on Sunday to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Na, playing only a 10-minute drive from his home, had been winless in 210 US PGA events before claiming the $756,000 top prize from the $4.4 million event by finishing 72 holes on 23-under 261, two strokes atop American Nick Watney.
“Oh wow,” Na said. “I went through a lot. I had nightmares finishing second. I used to tell my mother, ‘As hard as I work, when am I going to get my first win?’ Other people believed in me more than myself.”
Deadlocked with Watney at 20-under with four holes remaining, Na responded with three birdies in a row. Na curled in a 42-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to seize a two-stroke edge and matched Watney’s par at 18 for the crown.
Na, a three-time career PGA runner-up who was most recently second-placed at last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, had been third on the list of money winners without a tour title at more than $10.2 million.
Americans Tommy Gainey and Paul Goydos shared third on 266, one stroke ahead of compatriots Spencer Levin and Tim Herron, Canada’s David Hearn, Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas.
Here it looks like Kevin Na misses the ball but apparently in golf, if you swing the club wrong to begin with and you stop yourself, it doesn’t count as a stroke!