Na outlasts Cantlay in playoff to win US PGA Las Vegas title

Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Thursday Oct. 3 2019

Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Thursday Oct. 3 2019

While it took a few holes, Na fended off Cantlay to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, his second win at the event.

"I've been in this situation before where I lost the lead and I failed many times", said Na, who closed with a 1-under 70. Though both had a birdie putt on their second attempt at the playoff hole, Cantlay left his putt well short and Na sent his flying past the hole. "The first one was really slow", added Cantlay, who said he couldn't be too disappointed with his week. I've lost three times in playoffs and this is the first one that I won.

The win was Na's third in his last 30 starts, after he had just one in his first 369 on tour. "I kept telling myself 'This is a playoff that I'm going to win".

He rebounded quickly, however, closing with back-to-back birdies with putts of 14 and 12 feet.

He bounced back from a bogey at the eighth with a birdie at the ninth, where he got up and down from a greenside bunker.

The pair both posted pars at the 18th to take the contest to a play-off, where Na walked in a 10-footer to match Cantlay's birdie at the first extra hole and then capitalised on a three-putt bogey from Cantlay at the next to hole a four-footer for a winning par. He went at the flag and found the water on the par-5 16th for a bogey to lose the lead for the first time all day.

American Pat Perez finished alone in third on 263 after a three-under 68.

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Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (68) sits back in a tie for 21st at 8 under in a group that includes Phil Mickelson (69).

The 1,413-ranked Del Val, who does not have worldwide playing privileges, gathered momentum with three birdies in the space of four holes on the back nine, but dropped one shot on the front nine and another at the 18th.

Brittany Altomare and Jaye Marie Green tied for second at 16-under, giving the USA the top three spots in the event at The Colony, Texas.

"It's so incredible. I can't put it into words", the Texan Knight said after the win that gives her a two-year exemption on tour.

While Cantlay had a chance to make birdie on the final hole and grab the win, his putt was just inches off the cup - sending the two into the playoff.

"This may well be the best performance on the greens I have ever seen", said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee.

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