From Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2019, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open brought the FedExCup to Las Vegas once again, as the PGA TOUR returned to the valley for the 37th consecutive year. Many of the top golfers in the world, including Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion, and Brooks Koepka, the world’s number 1 ranked golfer, participated in the week-long charitable tournament, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The 2019 event was held at the beautiful TPC Summerlin, which has been honored by Golf Digest magazine as “One of America’s Best Golf Courses.” This year, defending champion Bryson DeChambeau was one of the 144 PGA TOUR professionals competing for their chance to win their share of the tournament’s $7 million purse. With the tournament’s best field ever, the competition was on in Las Vegas.
The 2019 tournament concluded with a playoff battle between past Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champions Kevin Na (2011) and Patrick Cantlay (2017). In the end, 36-year-old Na was crowned the champion and winner of the Howard Hughes Cup, making this his second Shriners Hospitals for Children Open win.
Kevin Na 68-62-61-70—261 (-23)*
Patrick Cantlay 66-64-63-68—261 (-23)
Pat Perez 69-64-62-68—263 (-21)
Bryson DeChambeau 66-68-67-63—264 (-20)
Adam Hadwin 67-66-68-63—264 (-20)
Brian Stuard 65-65-67-67—264 (-20)
View the trophy presentation:
Kevin Na’s Path to Triumph
Na used a record-setting week on the course to win the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his hometown of Las Vegas, where he also earned his first PGA TOUR win in 2011.
After being in control of the tournament for most of the week, Na had a comfortable lead on the final day before a disastrous triple bogey cut his lead to just one over Cantlay, and the two players dueled it out until the very end.
On the second hole of sudden death, Na made a 4-footer to finally defeat Cantlay. Na finished the tournament at 23 under overall, winning in the playoff over Cantlay with a par-4 on the second extra hole (No. 18).
The playoff was the first at TPC Summerlin since Cantlay won in a playoff in 2017. This was Na’s fourth PGA TOUR win, and he joined Jim Furyk as the only multiple winners of the event. During the tournament, Na set a PGA TOUR record for most feet of putts made (558’11”) in a 72-hole event (ShotLink era).
“It came down way too close,” said Na. “I had a comfortable lead. Felt really comfortable. I hit a really bad tee shot and got unlucky and made a triple. All of a sudden I felt like I was the underdog.”
Despite his sudden stroke of bad luck, Na kept on. “I’m a fighter. The putt on 17, I was doing everything I could to make that putt, and for that to come in and just… I knew I had a chance, and the first playoff hole I stuff it in there. I’m looking at nothing but the pin. He made a great putt, and there was no doubt that we’re going to go extra holes and I walked that thing right in. He made a little mistake. It’s a little shadow. Patrick (Cantlay) is a great player, a world-class player. To be able to beat him down the stretch, it felt great.”
Great Golf for an Even Greater Cause
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is about so much more than just a week of fantastic golf. Proceeds from the tournament support Shriners Hospitals for Children and their mission to improve the lives of children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
During tournament week, Na took the time to meet with some of our Shriners Hospitals patients, including our national spokesperson Alec. Alec even had the chance to interview Na at the beginning of the tournament for his show Off the Green with Alec.
Check out their interview:
Save the Date:
The 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will be held Oct. 5 – 11.