Na fires 61 to take 2-shot PGA lead in Las Vegas

Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Thursday Oct. 3 2019

Kevin Na enjoyed another sizzling day with the putter, jumping to a two-shot lead with a 10-under-par 61 in the third round at the Shiners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Cantlay - victor of this tournament two years ago and runner-up last time around - then missed a five-foot putt, but Na made no mistake to make par and win the tournament for a second time.

Neither Cantlay nor Na blinked in the first playoff hole, both easily making birdie to extend the tournament.

After both birdied the first playoff hole, Na sealed it with a par at the second extra hole, where Cantlay left his birdie putt almost six feet short before Na hit his four feet past.

Na (70) and fellow American Cantlay (68) tied at 23-under 261 before Na prevailed with a four-foot par putt at the second extra hole as Cantlay three-putted for bogey. Na is hopeful his win will help him earn a captain's pick on Tiger Woods' American team for the Presidents Cup in December.

"I've been in this situation before where I lost the lead and I failed many times", Na said fighting back tears after his win. "I've lost three playoffs", Na said on the broadcast before giving an emotional message in Korean.

Heading to the weekend, Alena Sharp had a chance to win her first LPGA tournament, but it wasn't to be.

He got up-and-down for bogey and looked as if he would keep his lead when Na went into a bunker and had such a perilous shot that he chose to play away from the flag to keep it out of the water.

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Na built himself a cushion over the first three rounds with impeccable putting.

The 1,413-ranked Del Val, who does not have worldwide playing privileges, gathered momentum with three birdies in the space of four holes on the back nine, but dropped one shot on the front nine and another at the 18th.

While he offset a bogey on No. 8 with a birdie on No. 9 to close out his front nine, Na fell apart on the par-4 10th.

Leading by three shots going to the back nine, he made triple bogey on the 10th hole without finding a hazard. As much as he took advantage of Na's blunders, Cantlay made some of his own.

His lead, though, was short-lived. "That putt on 17, I'm doing everything I can to make that putt".

"I hit a great putt", he said.

"It came down way to close", Na said.

"I feel like I'm a pretty good putter. But I'm a fighter". Only Brooks Koepka (four) has more wins in that span.

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