Keeping Score

Kevin Na doubles down in Las Vegas with 4th PGA Tour title

American outlasts Patrick Cantlay on 2nd playoff hole to win for 2nd time in Las Vegas

4: Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American Kevin Na, who outlasted countryman Patrick Cantlay on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. They had tied at 23-under 261 through 72 holes at TPC Summerlin. Na, 36, a South Korea native who grew up in San Diego, two-putted for par at the 18th at TPC Summerlin to win for a second time in his adopted hometown. He had been 0-3 in previous playoffs. Na (2011) and Cantlay (2017) had posted their first Tour victories at the Vegas stop. For the 72 holes of regulation play, Na holed 558 feet, 11 inches of putts, a record since ShotLink began keeping such statistics on the PGA Tour in 2004. Brooks Koepka, the world’s No. 1-ranked player who was making his 2019-20 season debut, missed the cut after rounds of 70-71. His younger brother Chase finished 67th (scores).

5: Number of strokes by which Spain’s Jon Rahm won the European Tour’s Spanish Open in Madrid as Spaniards swept the top three spots. Rahm, 24, shot 5-under 66 for a 22-under 262 total as he successfully defended his national-open title at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. It was the fifth victory on the European Tour for Rahm, who also is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and ranked No. 5 in the world. Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello (66) finished second at 17-under 267, and countryman Samuel Del Val (68) was third at 15-under 269 (scores).

17: Number of strokes under par that American Laura Wearn finished to win the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. Wearn, 28, shot 5-under 67 for a 271 total and one-stroke victory in the developmental tour’s season finale at LPGA International’s Jones Course (scores). She improved to 22nd on the season money list, from which the top 10 earned LPGA tour cards for 2020. It was Wearn’s second victory in 101 starts spanning six seasons on the Symetra Tour.

59: Distance, in miles, of Cheyenne Knight’s hometown of Aledo, Texas, from The Colony, Texas, site of the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Classic. Knight, 22, an LPGA rookie, won the VOA Classic in her 20th career start, becoming the first Alabama alumna to win on the LPGA. She shot a 5-under 66 for an 18-under 266 total and two-stroke victory at Old American Golf Club. Knight had missed nine cuts in 18 previous starts this year and had posted no result better than 29th before her breakthrough in the suburbs north of Dallas. Instead of heading to the LPGA’s qualifying series, she earned a two-year exemption, eligibility for the upcoming Asia Swing and a spot in the CME Globe Tour Championship next month. Americans Brittany Altomare (67) and Jaye Marie Green (69) tied for second at 16-under 268 (scores).

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