Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rookie Wins in Vegas

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rookie Wins in Vegas

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Smylie Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his fifth PGA Tour start, shooting a 10-under 61 Sunday in Las Vegas and waiting more than two hours while rival after rival fell short.

Kaufman, 23, played the final 11 holes in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies. He set up the eagle with a 3-wood drive to 15 feet on the par-4 15th and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to post 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin.

Kevin Na, third-round leader Brett Stegmaier, Patton Kizzire, Cameron Tringale, Jason Bohn and Alex Cejka tied for second, a stroke back.

Na, coming off playoff loss last week to Emiliano Grillo in the season-opening event in Napa, Calif., made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th to tie for the lead, but bogeyed the par-3 17th after flubbing a chip, and missed a 15-foot birdie try on 18. …

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