Na eases to five-shot victory at The Greenbrier

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Kevin Na earned his second PGA Tour victory Sunday at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Third-round co-leader Kelly Kraft carded an even-par 70, which included a birdie at the par-3 18th, to claim second place at 14 under.

Na, who choked up when thanking fans in Korean on television after his triumph, had made 158 starts since his only prior PGA victory at the 2011 Shriners Hospitals Open.

In addition to DeChambeau, who has seven top-10 finishes this year on Tour, former event champions Ryan Moore (2016), Zach Johnson (2012), and Stricker (2009, 2010, 2011) will be playing this year.

As Na was waiting to be interviewed by CBS Sports after the win, he received a text from Tiger Woods. "Every time I get in contention, I'm hungry to win". "I have been close so many times". I told friends it s not going to take eight years to win the second one.

Kraft said he struggled judging the speed of his putts. "It s nice to get that second trophy".

"I never got ahead of myself".

"It's undescribable. The amount of close calls I've had and disappointments I've had, walking off the 18th hole in the locker room, on the drive back to the hotel". "I mean, I had a attractive, handsome tee shot". Everything was going my way, and it was nice to have that big lead going up to the last hole and enjoying the moment.

Russell Henley shot a 7-under 63 Sunday to finish 10th at 11 under.

The top four players not already exempt among the top 12 finishers will earn spots in the British Open at Carnoustie starting July 19. He amassed 17 top-five's since that win before breaking through this week at the Greenbrier. "I'm pretty hungry. This is what you work for. I'm not trying to play prefect golf, I'm just trying to see targets and have fun with it". I've never seen this course this hard.

"Around the greens, on the greens, as firm as they were, as slick as they were, this was a U.S. Open-type of golf course today". It was pretty hard out there. Tag Ridings (Arkansas Razorbacks) tied for 27th at 11 under, while Sebastian Cappelen (Razorbacks) tied for 41st at 8 under.

Phil Mickelson made news again this week, and it was again not for his play but for a rules violation.

After an eagle on the par-5 12th, he resigned himself to a bogey on No. 14 when his tee shot drifted into the right rough. 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.

Mickelson double-bogeyed the hole and finished with a 74 on Sunday, at 1 under for the tournament and in a tie for 65th.

The PGA Tour now moves to Silvis in IL for the John Deere Classic where Bryson DeChambeau defends his title.

Defending champion Chris Froome, who fell into a ditch near the end of Saturday's Stage 1, arrived safely with most of the peloton.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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