Grillo tops Na in playoff to win Open


In his first start as a member of the PGA Tour, Emiliano Grillo edged Kevin Na on the second extra hole to win the Open in a playoff. Here's what went down in overtime in Napa:

Leaderboard: Grillo (-15), Na (-15), Tyrone Van Aswegen (-14), Justin Thomas (-14), Jason Bohn (-14)

What it means: This is the rookie’s first PGA Tour victory (eighth career start) and second win in the last three weeks after claiming the Tour Championship. The 23-year-old Argentine is only the third player in the last 15 years to win in his first official start, joining Henrik Stenson (2007) and Russell Henley (2013). Two back to start the final round, Grillo made six birdies against three bogeys and poured in a 24-foot putt on the final green to shoot 3-under 69 and get to 15 under. He appeared to have the event won on the first extra hole but missed a 4-foot birdie putt, prompting a third trip down 18. The miss was eerily reminiscent of what happened to him at the Puerto Rico Open last March, when he missed a short par putt on the 72nd hole that would have won him the tournament. On the third extra hole, he proved the last man standing after Na made a sloppy bogey, leaving Grillo two putts for victory. He only needed one. With the win, Grillo secures 500 FedEx Cup points, membership through the 2017-18 season and an invite to next year’s Masters and PGA.

Best of the rest: Na was 2 over for his round through 11 holes but birdied four of his final six, including the par-5 18th, to force a playoff. After surviving to the second extra hole thanks to Grillo's miss, Na for the second time on Sunday tried hitting driver off the deck into the green and snap-hooked it into the left rough, leaving himself in a difficult spot with Grillo staring at birdie. Na played a tricky shot through a hole in a tree to reach the back of the green, ran his chip past the hole and missed a putt for par, ending his chances. Behind him, three players – Van Aswegen, Thomas, and Bohn – finished one shot out of the playoff. Van Aswegen birdied two of his last three holes, Thomas lipped out a birdie try on 18, and Bohn failed to get up and down from atop a dining table in a hospitality tent on the home hole.

Biggest disappointment: Two up to start the day, Steele lost the lead, regained it and then imploded. The 18-, 36- and 54-hole leader made eight bogeys, including five down the stretch from Nos. 12-17, to shoot a final-round 76, finish 10 under, and tie for 17th.

Round of the day: On a tougher day for scoring compared to the opening three, Chez Reavie and Fabian Gomez both fired rounds of 6-under 66 to finish, like Steele, at 10 under. Both players made seven birdies against a lone bogey. Gomez was the winner of the FedEx St. Jude last season, while Reavie just recently topped the Finals money list to earn fully exempt status on the PGA Tour this season.

Shot of the day: Two of them, both putts on 18, both from Grillo. Because those two went in, he can forget about the much easier one he missed.

Quote of the day: "I didn’t want to be the guy who almost hit Rory McIlroy this week. I wanted people to know me because I have the trophy." - Grillo