Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Na eases to five-shot victory at The Greenbrier

Na eases to five-shot victory at The Greenbrier

"I've been close so many years and failed so many times", said Na, who turned pro at age 17. Since this tournament debuted in 2010, there have been four first-time champions, but no third-round leader has won. "I was hoping it would - sooner than later", Na said.

Five birdies in six holes on the front nine put Na in control and he finished at 19-under-par 261 at The Old White TPC for his second career win.

"My putter got hot", Na said. I got it just over the ridge.

Na had three dozen top-10 finishes since his first win and showed signs earlier this year that reaching the top again was still well within reach. I just need to slow down and take it all in.

EUROPEAN: In Donegal, Ireland, Russell Knox of Scotland rolled in almost-identical birdie putts from around 40 feet on the 72nd hole and the first playoff hole to win the Irish Open. "I hit a lot of good shots today".

The 25-year-old Kim won by five shots over Lydia Ko when she shot 27 under in the Founders Cup two years ago. First-round leader Webb Simpson, who recorded a 61 on Thursday, slumped to 76-72 on over the final two rounds and finished tied for 47th at 4 under. He started the final round just a shot behind the lead, but got things in gear with six birdies in a seven hole stretch from 4-10 on Sunday.

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With greens drying out in the afternoon, they shared an adventure on No. 15. He finished off a bogey-free final round to post a 22-under 266, two shots clear of Kyle Jones (69) and Sebastian Munoz, who birdied his last two holes to salvage a 70.

Jorge Campillo (65) was third at 13 under, with 2017 tournament champion Jon Rahm (66) and Erik van Rooyen (74) sharing fourth at 12 under.

Watson wanted to honour his late father, Gerry, a Green Beret who fought in the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Angie, contributed significantly both in money and in volunteer work during local relief efforts after June 2016 floods killed 23 people statewide and forced the tournament to be canceled two weeks later.

Anirban Lahiri of India and Webb Simpson trailed Kraft by a stroke entering the third round.

Each earned a place in the British Open as the leading four players from the top 12 not already eligible.

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