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Kevin Na Rallies to Win Sony PDF Print E-mail

 

Kevin Na celebrates after winning at Waialae




Honolulu, Hawaii - Kevin Na rallied from three shots behind with six

holes to play, making birdie on three straight holes (finishing with an

up and down birdie at the last) to finish with a 5 under par 65 and a

one-shot victory over Chris Kirk and Joaquin Niemann at the Sony Open.


Na who has a history of recent withdrawls at the Sony Open for a

myriad of reasons, was almost a scratch from the first round again.

"On Wednesday morning, warming up in the pro-am, I hit one hard

and I pulled my rib, and I didn't know what to expect. I was like

here we go again,” Na revealed. “My trainer that I just added to the

team, Cornel Driessen, he helped me out a lot. We worked on it,

loosened it, and the next day I woke up, it felt great and felt like

nothing happened. Had he not been here, I don't know, it might

have been a different story." Na then looked ahead to the rest of

the season, "The goals now are to be top-20 in the world before the

year is over, contend in a major and obviously make it to the Tour

Championship and the Ryder Cup."


The victory was Na's fifth career PGA Tour victory, and punches his

ticket back to Hawaii for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

 

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Harris English Wins Sentry in Playoff PDF Print E-mail

 

Harris English was victorious at the Sentry Tournament of Champions

 

 



Kapalua, Hawaii - Harris English ran off four birdies in a five hole

stretch on Sunday, but had his chance at the end of regulation to

seal the deal at the Plantation course at Kapalua - missing a 10-foot

eagle putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Joaquin Niemann

(both finished at 25 under par). Moments later, he did seal the deal

at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the 18th with a 6 foot

birdie putt.


Niemann, who fired a final round 64 in regulation, failed to match

English in the playoff after an errant approach into the 18th got

caught up in the thick native grass left of the green.


English gained entry into the event (normally reserved only for winners

of the prior season) because the field was expanded to include all players

who reached the previous Tour Championship due to the abbreviated

season of 2020 (due to COVID-19).


The victory was the third of Harris English's career on the PGA Tour

and his first since 2013 at the Mayakoba Classic.


Justin Thomas capped off a week filled with success and controversy,

his Sunday 66 left him one shot out of the playoff. His Anti-gay slur

after a missed putt was heard on the telecast causing him some self-

imposed embarrassment. "I really screwed up and made a terrible

judgement call, it definitely was a distraction out there today, but I

now I get time to become a better person for it."

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 
Jin Young Ko Takes CME Title PDF Print E-mail

 


(AP) Naples, Florida - Jin Young Ko missed most of the LPGA Tour


season and still won the year long money title. That's what a $1.1


million check does.



Ko, the No. 1 player in the world, put an emphatic capper on her

truncated year Sunday by shooting a final-round 6-under 66 and

winning the CME Group Tour Championship by five strokes over

Hannah Green and Sei Young Kim.


"I still can't believe it, that I'm here, that I won this tournament,"

Ko said. With a birdie on the final hole, the LPGA's final putt of the

season, Ko finished at 18 under for her seventh career LPGA win.

Green's final-round 67 - on her 24th birthday - helped push her

into the second-place tie.


Kim, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, shot 72 and

that was good enough for her to clinch Rolex Player of the Year

honors. Danielle Kang won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring

average. "Feels like a pretty solid accomplishment in 2020, to be

honest," Kang said.


Ko started the final round one shot back of Kim and opened with

a birdie. The key stretch was Ko's run of three straight birdies on

the 12th through the 14th - her longest such run of the week. She

left a chance for a fourth in a row just left of the cup on 15, then

all but wrapped up the win with another birdie on the 16th. The win

wrapped up a wire-to-wire year in the No. 1 spot for Ko, who has

held the ranking since July 29, 2019. She moved to $5,600,824 in

career earnings, making her the 71st player in LPGA history to

cross the $5 million mark.


Her approach Sunday was quite simple: "I just (thought), OK, 18

holes left and then go to home," Ko said. She's going back to South

Korea as a winner, too.


Ko played only four LPGA events in 2020 - she competed six times

on the Korean LPGA while riding out the coronavirus pandemic at

home - but Sunday's win and a check for $487,286 for finishing

second in last week's U.S. Women's Open helped push her season

earnings to $1,667,925. That would have been good for fifth-best

on tour last season, when each of the 21 leading money-winners

all appeared in at least 20 events.

 

Scores:

https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
A Lim Kim Wins U.S Women's Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

A.Lim Kim celebrates after winning the U.S Women's Open in Houston.

 

 

(USGA Report) Houston - Two years ago, A Lim Kim registered her first

LPGA Tour of Korea victory at the Se Ri Pak Invitational. It came 20 years

after that tournament’s namesake produced a seminal moment in women’s

golf for the Republic of Korea, a victory in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open.

Now the 25-year-old will have her name etched on the same iconic trophy.


Kim closed out the weather-delayed final round of the 75th U.S. Women’s

Open at Champions Golf Club on a chilly Monday in southeast Texas

with three consecutive birdies to edge countrywoman and world No. 1

Jin Young Ko and Amy Olson by one stroke. Her 4-under-par 67

matched the lowest round of the championship and gave her a 3-under

total of 281. Hinako Shibuno, the 54-hole leader, finished two strokes

back.


The No. 94 player in the Rolex Rankings became the 10th different

Korean to claim the Harton S. Semple Trophy since Pak’s breakthrough

moment 22 years ago at Blackwolf Run. That win also came on a

Monday, in what became a 20-hole playoff victory over amateur Jenny

Chuasiriporn.


Kim also became the third Korean in the last 15 years to win the oldest

major championship in women’s golf in her first start, joining Birdie Kim

(2005) and In Gee Chun (2015). Only two others – Patty Berg in the

inaugural event in 1946 and Kathy Cornelius 10 years later – had

managed to win this title in their first start. In fact, this was Kim’s

first-ever competition in the United States and her first women’s major.


When the result became official, defending champion Jeongeun Lee6

and another Korean competitor gave the new winner a celebratory

shower in the Player Hospitality tent.


“Can't really describe it in words,” said Kim through a translator. “I

never expected that I was going to appear in the U.S. Women's Open.

I still can't feel what it's like right now, but I'll probably feel it when

the ceremony and everything wraps up today.”


The championship had to be completed on Monday due to nearly

three-quarters of an inch of rain that saturated the Cypress Creek

Course on Sunday. Only twice before had a non-playoff round of the

U.S. Women’s Open been completed on a Monday: 1987 at Plainfield

Country Club, where a Tuesday 18-hole playoff was required, and

2011 at The Broadmoor, where fellow Korean, So Yeon Ryu, prevailed

in a three-hole aggregate playoff over compatriot Hee Kyung Seo.

 


Scoring:

https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2020/u-s--women-s-open.html#!scoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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