Excellent Putting Helps Kevin Na Claim 4th PGA Tour Title

  • By Min Hak-soo

    October 08, 2019 09:56

    Korean-American Kevin Na won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Sunday.

    Na beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff and claimed prize money of US$1.26 million.

    His first career win came in the same tournament in 2011, while the latest victory came just four months after his third win at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas in May.

    Kevin Na celebrates after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap

    Excellent putting helped Na claim the title. He made a total of 170 m of putts from a distance of more than 2.1 m in the tournament, the most since the U.S. PGA Tour introduced the ShotLink System in 2003, a revolutionary platform for collecting and disseminating scoring and statistical data on every shot by every player in real-time.

    He made 105 putts over four days, averaging 26.25 putts per round, compared to the tournament's overall average of 118, or 29.50 putts per round.

    "Thank you for trusting and supporting me. I've come this far with firm determination," a tearful Na said.

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