Kevin Na: Picks up long awaited second PGA Tour win

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

"Yeah, I was trying to hold it in", he said. Since this tournament debuted in 2010, there have been four first-time champions, but no third-round leader has won.

"Today I kept within myself", 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.

Kraft said he struggled judging the speed of his putts. "This is what I get so pumped up to do".

The 19-year-old Niemann already has four top-10 finishes in eight events this season and has secured special temporary membership on tour. I just need to slow down and take it all in. "Kevin just stepped up, played good golf, hit quality shots".

Harold Varner looks at a putt on the first hole during the third roundKelly Kraft (right) gives his caddie a fist bump after a chip in birdie on the 11th hole.

The 25-year-old Kim won by five shots over Lydia Ko when she shot 27 under in the Founders Cup two years ago. "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".

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"The greens got really kind of crusty and hard out there, different than the first couple days", Kraft said.

Kraft, Kokrak and Snedeker were the other qualifiers.

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

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. 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. Watson owns a vacation home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

"Big day tomorrow", Watson said. 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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