Kevin Na: Picks up long awaited second PGA Tour win

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

Kevin Na has broken a almost seven-year winless drought on the PGA Tour, shooting a 6-under 64 Sunday for a five-stroke victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Third-round co-leader Kelly Kraft finished second after posting a round of 70 on Sunday on the the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Kraft birdied the last for an even par 70 and solo second place ahead of compatriots Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak.

"I never knew when the next one was going to come", said Na afterwards.

"It took me eight years to win the first time and at the time I told everyone it would not take me eight years to win another one". For all the birdies, Kim set the LPGA Tour record with a par on the final hole to finish at 257.

Overnight joint-leader Harold Varner III stuttered to a final-round 72 to end in a group of five players tied-fifth, with Russell Henley completing the top 10 after a round-of-the-day 63. "I was hoping it would - sooner than later", Na said.

Despite his laid back attitude, he said winning his first PGA Tour event was still very much his focus.

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They went back to the 18th tee for the playoff, and Knox pitched from 131 yards to virtually the same spot on the green.

Kraft said he struggled judging the speed of his putts.

For Na, who finished seventh at the 2016 U.S. Open to post his best finish in a major, the win bumped him up 40 spots to 18th in the FedExCup standings. He sank a five-foot birdie putt at the fourth and one twice as long at the fifth before dropping a 32-footer at the sixth. Fox failed to match the birdie, with his putt agonizingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face. It was an easy putt, obviously, and all I needed to do was two-putt. "I mean, I had a lovely, handsome tee shot". Zander Lombard of South Africa and Andy Sullivan of England earned the other two spots.

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Cameron Percy was the only Australian to make the cut this week and finished 56th. The victory was worth $108,000 and moved him from 101st to 24th on the money list. For the week, Cook totaled 20 birdies versus just three bogeys, now No. 1 in total bogeys, but also ate two doubles. But he returned to form Sunday to earn another top finish.

Then he found two bunkers on the par-5 16th and made bogey, and found the greenside bunker and missed a five-foot par putt on the par-3 18th.

Kraft received a good consolation prize in addition to the hefty second place cheque when he became one of the four players to earn at start at Carnoustie in ten days time being one of the four players not otherwise exempt to the Open Championship and finishing inside the top ten this week.

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