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Kevin Na wins The Greenbrier

Kevin Na wins The Greenbrier”

What Sunday's fourth round at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier lacked in drama it certainly made for in pure awe.

Na shot a 6-under-par 64 for a five-stroke victory Sunday at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, ending a winless streak of almost seven years on the top-tier tour.

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.

Brandt Snedeker (who climbed 18 spots on the strength of a final-round 64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third at 12 under.

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

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. The 34-year-old Na's only previous tour win came in Las Vegas in October 2011. That gave the final spot to Cook.

Fox earned a place in next week's British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland, as did Zander Lombard and Andy Sullivan as the top three players in the top 10 on the final leaderboard who were not already exempt for the year's third major. He has one top-10 finish in each of the past two years and won the Australian PGA Championship in 2016.

Phil Mickelson, playing in his first tournament since the U.S. Open where he ran down his bogey putt and struck the ball while it was still moving, was penalized two shots on Sunday for improving his line of play. 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 shot 258 at the Welch's/Fry's Championship in Arizona in 2004 (par 70).

They went back to the 18th tee for the playoff, and Knox pitched from 131 yards to virtually the same spot on the green. He would go on to shoot a 66 and finds himself at 14 under. Fox failed to match the birdie, with 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.

He finished off a bogey-free final round to post a 22-under 266, two shots clear of Jones (69) Munoz, who birdied his last two holes to salvage a 70.

"Tough to describe how wonderful this feels", said Knox, who shot 6-under 66 in his final round. "I mean, I had a lovely, handsome tee shot". The John Deere Classic has been an official Tour stop since 1972. Stow rallied from a three-shot deficit to win by one shot over Joel Girrbach of Switzerland.

Defending champion Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na were at 13 under.

Both are seeking their first tour wins in their 85th starts.

Kraft had a one-stroke lead entering the round, the first time he's led after 36 holes on the PGA Tour.



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