The second PGA Tour event of the calendar year is in the books and once again we saw a winner decided on the final hole of play. Kevin Na played the back nine at Waialae Country Club in 32 on Sunday to erase a three-stroke deficit and pick up his fifth career PGA Tour win.
Kevin Na wasn’t the only winner this week. Let’s take a look at our Monday Morning Superlatives and all the oddities you might have missed last week in the golfing world.
Most Likely To Owe You An Apology…
Hand up! My picks were absolutely god awful last week. I went 0-for the board. I won’t make excuses (Morikawa missed a three-foot birdie putt and another one inside 10 feet so that’s why he wasn’t in the top-20 after day one). Just need to study my spreadsheets better and crunch some more numbers.
Most Likely To Go Viral…
In his pre-tournament press conference, Kevin Kisner pulled a Kevin Kisner and gave us an incredible sound bite. When asked why he plays at events and courses he spoke the truth. He was kind of serious in his response which makes it even funnier. The video is below. In case you were wondering, Kisner finished this week T32 and brought home over 34K.
Most Likely To Make the Most of an Opportunity…
WHO?! Well, the former Fighting Illini golfer won a 3-for-1 playoff to Monday qualify for the Sony. He went on to shoot 69-63-66-66 to finish T14, earn over 113K and get a spot in the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in two weeks. A great story we heard little about this weekend. Hardy was the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-American and he finished 2020 at No. 15 on the Korn Ferry Points Tour list. Normally, that would have given him his tour card, but not due to the restructured rules because of COVID. Keep an eye on this guy.
Most Likely To Make You Smile…
Chris Kirk has battled through a lot since winning an NCAA Title at Georgia with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner. Kirk was playing on a major medical extension after taking a seven-month leave of absence from the game to battle alcoholism, anxiety and depression. This was his final event on the exemption and he needed to finish T2 or better to earn enough Fed-Ex Cup points to retain his tour card. And guess what… he shot four straight rounds of 65 to finish T2. Good for Chris.
Most Likely To Have PTSD From This Event…
For the second year in a row, Steele saw a back-nine lead disappear at the Sony Open. He jumped into the 54-hole lead by carding a nine-under par 61 on Saturday. He entered the back nine with a THREE-STROKE lead. He made a bogey on the short par-4 tenth. He made another bogey on 14 before missing a 10-foot birdie to tie the lead on 17. He also missed a seven-footer for birdie on 18. A course that demands precision off the tee and accuracy on approach, Steele missed five of seven fairways coming home.