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Na wins by five at Greenbrier for first victory since 2011

11 July 2018, 09:46 | Charlene Valdez

Kelly Kraft bogeyed two of the last three holes

Kelly Kraft bogeyed two of the last three holes

Kevin Na went almost seven years between his first and second career PGA Tour victories, the latter coming on Sunday at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Na carded a 19-under 261 with 7 birdies and 1 bogie to claim US$1.31 million for the victory in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Kraft (70) wound up second, while Jason Kokrak (67) and Brandt Snedeker (64) tied for third at 13 under.

Coming after a winless streak of nearly seven years, the victory brought Na to tears.

Overnight co-leader Harold Varner III had his worst showing of the tournament, mixing three birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey for a round of two-over 72 that extinguished his hopes of a first PGA Tour win.

It was Na's second PGA Tour title but his first since 2011 and he was understandably emotional afterwards especially given how many times he had come close to winning since his breakthrough at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children event in Las Vegas.

He now has four top-eight finishes this season and looks poised for great success.

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.

Not only did Na win, but he ran away from the field with a five shot victory.

Kim, 24-under to start the day, fired a final-round seven-under par 65 on the par-72 Thornberry course in Oneida, Wisconsin. Simpson's second-round 67 on Friday left him two shots off the lead, and Kokrak emerged from the pack after carding 64 to hold down fourth place, three shots behind Kraft.

Knox won for the first time in two years, most recently at the Travelers Championship during his bid to make the Ryder Cup team. He improved 40 spots to No. 18 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Knox closed with a 6-under 66 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par.

Fox failed to match the birdie, his putt agonizingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face. This week at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, it was Kevin Na shooting a 29 on the front nine in Round 4 and cruising to a 5-stroke lead over Kelly Kraft.

Fox, who shot a 68, earned one of three spots to the British Open in two weeks at Carnoustie.

"Tough to describe how fantastic this feels", Knox said. I mean, a lot of heartbreaks, but today everything was going well. The John Deere Classic has been an official Tour stop since 1972.

A relaxed Varner, who won the Australian PGA Championship in 2016, said he was just trying to enjoy himself and not worry too much about the stakes. Stow rallied from a three-shot deficit to win by one shot over Joel Girrbach of Switzerland.

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

Ji-hyun2 Kim closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot victory over Jeong Min Cho in the Asiana Airlines Open in China on the Korean LPGA Tour.

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