Charles Schwab Challenge 2019: Kevin Na Earns 1st Win of 2019; Tony Finau 2nd

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2019

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - MAY 26:  Kevin Na of the United States celebrates after playing his shot from the 18th fairway during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on May 26, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Kevin Na secured his first PGA win of 2019 with his first-place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The 35-year-old shot a 66 in the final round Sunday, putting him 13 strokes under par for the tournament at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. After entering the round with a two-stroke lead, he ended up four shots clear of Tony Finau in second place.

Na was six strokes off the lead through the first round, but he was outstanding the rest of the week and did enough to earn the third tournament win of his career. He also gets to take home the winner's share of the $7.3 million purse for the event.

      

Final Results

1. Kevin Na (-13)

2. Tony Finau (-9)

T3. Andrew Putnam (-8)

T3. C.T. Pan (-8)

5. Jonas Blixt (-7)

T6. Rory Sabbatini (-6)

T6. Ryan Palmer (-6)

T8. Russell Knox (-5)

T8. Tyrrell Hatton (-5)

T8. Nick Watney (-5)

T8. Mackenzie Hughes (-5)

T8. Jordan Spieth (-5)

Full leaderboard and stats available at PGATour.com.

         

Early on Sunday, it seemed as though Na would be on cruise control to the tournament win.

The American led by two strokes coming into the day and then opened the round with three birdies in six holes.

However, the drama picked up a big when he bogeyed No. 7 as Finau birdied, cutting the margin down to two strokes:

This kept the pressure on the leader as the score remained close for the rest of the round.

The key for Na was that he remained aggressive even with his lead, pin-seeking on a couple of difficult approach shots down the stretch.

Finau couldn't get enough birdies, and a bogey on No. 16 effectively ended his chance at pulling out a victory. He continues to get close to wins but just can't get over the hump:

Na avoided mistakes and eventually closed out the win with a birdie on 18.

Andrew Putnam ended up in third place after closing the weekend as well as anyone. He shot a 67 Saturday and 66 Sunday, tallying six birdies in each round.

In a round where few golfers were carding low numbers, Putnam was able to fly up the leaderboard and end up with a much bigger purse.

It was a disappointing day for Jordan Spieth, who began in a tie for second place and just two strokes off the lead. The key through the first three rounds was his putting, with a personal-best 434 feet, four inches of putts made in the first 54 holes, per the PGA Tour.

There was a much different story in Round 4, as he couldn't make any long ones:

Spieth ended up losing 1.681 strokes on the green in the final round after gaining 9.154 strokes with his putting in the first three rounds, per PGATour.com.

It added up to a Round 4 score of 72 and a tie for eighth place.

Jim Furyk was also in the hunt until falling apart from No. 12 to No. 14, going plus-four in the three-hole stretch. He ended up with a 73 on the day to drop out of the top 10.

It didn't seem to matter, as no one could keep up with Na as he completed his tournament win.

While this event featured some big names, we should see an even better field next week with the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. For many players, this will be the final tuneup before the U.S. Open beginning on June 13.

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