Kevin Na: Picks up long awaited second PGA Tour win

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Varner shot a four-under 66 on Saturday to tie Kraft at the top entering the final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Both are seeking their first tour wins in their 85th starts.

No third-round leader has gone on to win the tournament since its debut in 2010. "I have been close so many times". "I'm pretty hungry. This is what you work for".

The three-time defending world champion took the overall lead of the Tour on Sunday after he bettered about a dozen other sprinters to win Stage 2.

"I know I've come back from six shots a couple times in my career", Watson said. "I wasn't even trying to make it really", Na said. It was an easy putt, obviously, and all I needed to do was two-putt. "I'm getting better as the week goes on, and I'm building some momentum for my two-week stretch over in the United Kingdom, and I'm looking forward to getting over there". So it goes back to keeping it in perspective.

"So I babied it and it broke off", he said. I mean, a lot of heartbreaks, but today everything was going well.

Not only did Na win, but he ran away from the field with a five shot victory. The 2016 tournament was canceled after devastating floods. "It's why I play golf - all the practice days, all the misses, all the bad moments, all are taken care of with putts like that Making two of them from nearly identical positions, I mean, that's a bit of a bonus". Kraft posted a 63 to take a one-shot lead at 13-under par over Anirban Lahiri, who matched Simpson's Thursday effort with a round of 61 himself. Each earned a place in the British Open as the leading four players from the top 12 not already eligible.

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Na s lone bogey came at 11, where he missed a 10-foot par putt, but he pulled back a stroke at 16 with a nine-foot birdie putt, then sank a 16-foot par putt at the par-5 17th and parred 18 to close out the victory.

"My putter got hot", Na said.

With greens drying out in the afternoon, they shared an adventure on No. 15.

With a 65, Kevin Na moved into third place at 13-under.

"Big confidence boost", Na said.

That moves him to 19 under and five shots clear. Hee Young Park won a playoff after she and Angela Stanford each finished at 258 in the Manulife Classic in Canada in 2013 (par 71), while Karen Stupples (Arkansas State University) shot 258 at the Welch's/ Fry's Championship in Arizona in 2004 (par 70).

The only drama down the stretch was who would pick up the last of the tournament's four qualifying spots to the British Open in two weeks.

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