South Korean-born American Na wins PGA Greenbrier title

Bubba Watson is only three behind as he chases a fourth win of the year

Na celebrates after winning the Military Tribute At The Greenbrier.

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.

Varner had four back-nine birdies after 10 consecutive pars to catch Kraft, the second-round leader who let a four-stroke lead slip away and shot 1-under 69.

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

The win ended a seven-year drought for the 34-year-old Na, who won the Shriners Open in Las Vegas in 2011 and despite some close calls had not taken home a trophy since. That gave the final spot to Austin Cook.

He parred every hole on the front nine Saturday and his lead improved to four after birdie putts of 19 feet at No 10 and five feet at No 12 and holing a 40-foot pitch shot at No 11. But he returned to form on Sunday to earn another top finish. 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 (Arkansas State University) shot 258 at the Welch's/ Fry's Championship in Arizona in 2004 (par 70). 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.

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

After Knox made a birdie on No. 18 to close with a 6-under 66 and set the clubhouse target at 14 under, New Zealand's Ryan Fox missed an eight-foot birdie putt that would have won the European Tour Rolex Series event, shooting a 68 to set up the extra hole.

Varner sank a nine-foot birdie putt at 11.

Fox failed to match the birdie, his putt agonizingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face.

After a 3rd round 66, Gastonia's Harold Varner III finds himself tied for the lead heading into the final round of the Military Tribute at the Greenbriar.

"Tough to describe how wonderful this feels", Knox said.

Carlota Ciganda closed with a 64 despite a double bogey on the 18th hole and finished alone in second.

The top four players not already exempt among the top 12 finishers will earn spots in the British Open at Carnoustie starting July 19.

Defending champion and reigning PGA Tour rookie of the year Xander Schauffele could manage no better than a 75 while playing alongside Na. Stow rallied from a three-shot deficit to win by one shot over Joel Girrbach of Switzerland.

Kraft had a one-stroke lead entering the round, the first time he's led after 36 holes on the PGA Tour. Marg Anguiano closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Joseph Harrison and Michael Gligic in the Windsor Championship on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.



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