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Na survives meltdown to win in Las Vegas playoff

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Cary Erickson | 09 October, 2019, 06:29

Kevin Na made it closer than it had to be, but shook off a triple-bogey to beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff Sunday to win the US PGA Tour Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for the second time. That was his only win in his first 369 starts on the PGA TOUR.

"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. With Na waiting to tap in for par, Cantlay just missed a 24-foot birdie putt, as it curled past the right edge and settled just behind the hole.

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Na bogeyed the eighth but got up and down from the sand to match Cantlay's birdie at the par-five ninth and reach the turn three ahead, only to hit a wayward drive and a poor chip at the next on his way to a three-putt triple-bogey at the tenth.

Na endured a hard final round, making a triple bogey on the par-four 10th before recovering, including sinking a 22-footer for par at 17.

Na and Cantlay sunk putts for birdies at the first play-off hole, the former walking his in, before the second proved the difference.

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Cantlay did enough, however, to lie alone in second place on 20-under, with Pat Perez four shots back in third place after a 62. "All of a sudden I felt like I was the underdog but I'm a fighter", said Na after claiming his fourth tour title. I felt really comfortable.

A day of mistakes ended with the worst one - a three-putt from Cantlay from 45 feet, the second one from just inside 6 feet.

"It leaves a sour taste in my mouth", he said. After Cantlay made a bogey on No. 17, Na grabbed a share of the lead once again thanks to a deep par putt. "The first one was really slow", added Cantlay, who said he couldn't be too disappointed with his week.

"I think I had a second caddie". "So to put two good weeks back to back - made some nice putts today, and basically hit nearly every line off the tee and into the green".

Up one with two to play in regulation and appearing very much on his way to victory, Cantlay hit his tee shot on line with the pin at the par-3 17th, but his ball landed just short of the green and trickled down a bank into the water left of the green.