Sony Open Recap

Kevin Na in action during the third round at the Sony Open golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Kevin Na shot a final-round 65 on Sunday to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by one shot over Chris Kirk and Joaquin Niemann. He teed off on Thursday with odds of +6000 to win the event, so a bet of $100 on the now-six-time winner on the Tour would have netted a cool $6,000.

The 37-year-old professional followed up a third-round 61 with a 5-under 65 on Sunday to secure the victory. He birdied the 72nd hole to win and avoid a playoff.

Tournament Summary

Niemann, the runner-up in last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, and Peter Malnati held the first-round lead after opening with rounds of 8-under 62. The lack of wind and a firm course combined for ideal scoring conditions.

Na ended up shooting 259 for the four rounds, finishing 21-under par at the par-70 Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The win elevated the 19-year Tour veteran to 10th place in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s currently ranked 38th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

The tournament, held at the same location since its inception in 1965, was a birdie-fest from the beginning. It took a score of 4-under par over the first two rounds to qualify for the weekend. 

Notable players missing the cut included Matt Kuchar at 2-under par and Brandt Snedeker at 2-over.

Na ended up shooting 259 for the four rounds, finishing 21-under par at the par-70 Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The win elevated the 19-year Tour veteran to 10th place in the FedEx Cup standings.

Betting Favorites

Webb Simpson, who was the betting favorite at +1200, finished well despite a poor day on the greens in the first round. His opening 65 could easily have been three or four shots better, given how well he struck the golf ball. He closed with a 64, but his 261 total left him a couple of shots behind Na.

The player who was just behind Simpson in the betting odds, Collin Morikawa, had a solid week at Waialae. He was at +1300 odds in futures betting and hovered near the top of the leaderboard the entire tournament. A final round 64 and 18-under total of 262 garnered him a tie for seventh.

Harris English, the winner of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and third in the betting odds at +1400, opened with a pedestrian even-par round of 70. He rebounded with a 6-under par 64 and shot a pair of 67s on the weekend to tie for 32nd.

Another betting favorite, Daniel Berger, came into the week at odds of +1800 and put in a solid performance. He shot a couple of 64s, but a second-round 68 hurt him on his way to a seventh-place tie.

The Sentry runner-up in a playoff to English came into the Sony at odds of +2200. Niemann faltered in an effort to capitalize on his opening round, shooting a 69 on Friday. He shot 129 on the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to catch the eventual champion.

Defending champion Cameron Smith had odds of +2500 to repeat his 2020 performance. The Australian played well the first three days but faded to a tie for 62nd after a 1-over 71 in his final round.

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