For so long, Tiger Woods created it look easy. So much so, that each time a man is within the lead on Sunday at a PGA Tour event we tend to expect him to win, the way Woods did nearly every time, including on Oct. 6, 1996, when he beat Davis Love III in a playoff for his first career tour victory, at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Fast-forward 23 years to the day, same course, different sponsor, one fewer round, and there was Kevin Na, leading by four going into the back nine of the Shriners Hospitals.
If solely winning was as straightforward as Woods created it explore for goodbye. It’s not, even for the foremost hardened of players.
That includes atomic number 11, who now has three wins in his last 30 starts after taking 369 to get his first and who this week broke the PGA Tour record for distance of putts created by quite seven feet with a complete of 558 feet, 11 inches worth of putts two stats that are almost as amazing as what happened down the stretch on Sunday.
After opening the day with a two-stroke advantage, Na, 36, arrived at the 10th tee feeling good about his prospects of winning.
Na, United Nations agency considers himself a fighter, a worthy analogy is as long as he has overcome carrying a bulls-eye for slow play, driver tension and currently an antecedently 0-for-3 record in playoffs might need having his wind knocked out, however, he wasn’t knocked out.
“As sensible as I used to be taking part in, there was a little question I used to be attending to win,” he said afterward.
“It was exhausting to shake it off, however, I created some nice putts returning down the stretch.” He needed every one of them. And the resiliency of a fighter, too.
After matching Patrick Cantlay with birdies on Nos. 12, thirteen and fifteen to stay a one-stroke lead, Na over-cut his 5-iron approach to the par-5 16th and watched in shock as his ball tumbled down the slope and into the water.
One swing, two-shot swing, Na trailed by one. The choking was just beginning, though.