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Golf roundup: Na takes 5-stroke win at Greenbrier

11 July 2018

Kevin Na claimed a first PGA title in seven years with a dominant five-stroke victory at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Sunday. He had made 158 starts and played 528 rounds on the PGA Tour since his last win, racking up nine second- and eight third-place finishes since his most recent victory six years, nine months and nine days ago.

"I guess this whole thing's new to me because I've never had a lead going into the last day", Varner said.

"So I babied it and it broke off", he said.

"Yeah, I was trying to hold it in", he said. He tied for second at the Genesis Open in January, two shots behind Bubba Watson. Mickelson called a two-stroke penalty on himself after he walked up and patted down some heavy rough just ahead of the tee box while playing the par-4 seventh hole. Na finished at 19-under 261 and picked up the $1.31 million winner's paycheck.

Kelly Kraft was second on 266 with Jason Kokrak and Brandt Snedeker sharing third on 267 and Chile s Joaquin Niemann, the only non-US player in the top 10, in a fifth-place pack on 268 with Austin Cook, Sam Saunders, Joel Dahmen and Harold Varner. Fox missed an 8-foot birdie putt for the victory.

Na said the win this week did more than just get the proverbial monkey off his back - it provides the 34-year-old a great confidence boost. "The first day the putter felt terrible, and (then) it just clicked. Failed so many times...and for some reason I felt like it was my day".

By the time he strolled up to the 18th green, Na was at ease, relaying his love to his wife and young daughter via a TV camera.

"I didn't want to leave the Korean fans out", Na said. Zander Lombard of South Africa and Andy Sullivan of England earned the other two spots.

Varner sank all four of his birdies on the back nine to take advantage of late stumbles by Kraft, whose bogeys on 16 and 18 caused his outright lead to evaporate under the sunny skies at the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs. The finish gave him a spot in the British Open.

Former Baylor School standout Keith Mitchell (65) tied for 30th at 6 under, won $41,529 and earned 23 FedEx Cup points. Kim also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257, finishing with three straight pars to break the mark by one shot.

Kim tied another Sorenstam record when she was 24 under through 54 holes.

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

DONEGAL, Ireland - Scottish golfer Russell Knox rolled in nearly identical birdie putts from around 40 feet on the 72nd hole and the first playoff hole to win the Irish Open.

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.

Golf roundup: Na takes 5-stroke win at Greenbrier