Shriners Recap: Na Duels to Playoff Win
Shriners Recap: Na Duels to Playoff Win

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The Packers were playing the Cowboys in a marquee NFL game. The Braves were playing the Cardinals in a nail-biter of a baseball playoff game. And yet there was something pretty compelling going on in golf — yes, golf — in October.

Kevin Na and Patrick Cantlay were dueling down the stretch of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. And while the scores were super low — north of 20-under — there was tension. Na bogeyed 16, but Cantlay returned the favor by bogeying 17. 

They needed a playoff.

Na won by sinking a 4-footer for par on the second extra hole, after Cantlay missed from inside six feet. Besides the bogey on 16, Na had to overcome a triple on No. 10 — and how many times do you see the winner of a golf tournament with a triple bogey on the back nine on Sunday? But Na also shot a surreal 62-61 in the middle two rounds.

After going winless for seven years from 2011 to 2018, Na now has incredibly won three times in the last 16 months and, again, not too many guys do that. He is once more in the top-25 in the world, at No. 24, not far from his peak of No. 19 reached at the end of 2015.

With the Presidents Cup four captain's picks just weeks away, you would think Na is making a compelling argument for selection. He has been an elite putter lately, always a critical

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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