Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Na wins by five at Greenbrier for first victory since 2011

Harold Varner III shares the 54-hole lead with Kraft Harold Varner III shares the 54-hole lead with Kraft
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 19:43

Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of almost seven years on the PGA Tour. The 34-year-old Na cruised from there and finished at 19-under 261.

"I wasn't sure if it was going to come again".

"So I babied it and it broke off", he said. "I have been close so many times". Na has four top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a second-place finish at the Genesis Open in February and a fourth-place finish at the Forth Worth Invitational in May.

Watson rebounded to birdie the next two holes and matched the low round of the day, moving within three shots of the leaders.

Brandt Snedeker (who climbed 18 spots on the strength of a final-round 64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third at 12 under.

Joaquin Niemann really could be the future of golf. His birdie stretch included making putts of 24, 33 and 43 feet.

Kraft said he struggled judging the speed of his putts. "The first day the putter felt terrible, and (then) it just clicked. Every time I get in contention, I'm hungry to win".

By the time he strolled up to the 18th green, Na was at ease, relaying his love to his wife and young daughter via a TV camera. He cried during a television interview after the round as he relayed a message in Korean to his overseas fans.

"I know I've come back from six shots a couple times in my career", Watson said. Na had already earned a spot. I just need to slow down and take it all in. But he returned to form Sunday to earn another top finish.

For the second consecutive week, Sunday's final round on the PGA Tour was a waltz to the finish.

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"Around the greens, on the greens, as firm as they were, as slick as they were, this was a U.S. Open-type of golf course today".

Before teeing off on the par-four seventh he stepped on a tuft of grass, which he later told rules officials was in his preferred line, leading to the penalty.

After an eagle on the par-5 12th, he resigned himself to a bogey on No. 14 when his tee shot drifted into the right rough. Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under, the tournament where Sorenstam shot 59.

Kim also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257, finishing with three straight pars to break the mark by one shot. The only blemish for Kim all week at Thornberry Creek at Oneida was a double bogey in the second round Friday. The South Korea reached 28 under with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 ninth.

Varner sank a nine-foot birdie putt at 11.

Fox failed to match the birdie, his putt agonizingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face.

"It feels fantastic", Na said.

Defending champion Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na were at 13 under.

He even went for the pin at the final hole with a five-stroke lead!