Weekly Recap: Na, I'm Good

Weekly Recap: Na, I'm Good

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Dustin Johnson. Jon Rahm. Justin Thomas. Bryson DeChambeau. Kevin Na.

One of those is not like the others. 

Yes, only four of the five of them are ranked top-5 in the world. But they also have something else pretty impressive in common. They are the only golfers to have won PGA Tour events each of the past four seasons.

Na joined the four heavyweights by capturing the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday with a tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole at famed Waialae Country Club.

All of a sudden, Na is up to 23rd in the world rankings, just off his career-high of 19th, reached at the tail end of 2015. It's certainly not unusual for a golfer to come into his own in his 30s, but mid- to late 30s? Na is 37.

It wasn't too long ago that Na was known for not winning.

It took him a decade and more than 200 PGA Tour starts to win for the first time, at the 2011 Shriners. Then it took him another seven years and 150-plus tournaments to win again, at the 2018 Greenbrier.

According to Golf Channel, Na won only one of this first 369 Tour starts. Since then, though, he's won four of his past 55 beginning with that 2018 Greenbrier and adding the 2019 Charles Schwab, the 2019 Shriners and now the 2021 Sony.

So, what has happened?

"I think experience is the reason why I've been winning, experience, confidence,"

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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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