December 09, 2018

Korean-American Kevin Na Wins 2nd Career PGA Victory

11 July 2018, 07:45 | Henrietta Morgan

Na's only previous PGA Tour victory was the 2011 Shriners Hospitals Open

Kevin Na

Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of almost seven years on the PGA Tour.

The win ended a seven-year drought for the 34-year-old Na, who won the Shriners Open in Las Vegas and despite some close calls had not taken home a trophy since. "When I won before, it took me eight years, and I said then, 'It's not going to take me eight years to win the second one.' I was right, it took seven". The only blemish on his card was a bogey on the par-4 11th after driving into the rough.

Na finished at 19-under 261 and picked up the $1.31 million winner's paycheck.

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

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann fires a closing 64 to jump 26 spots to a tie for fourth at 12 under. Fox missed an 8-foot birdie putt for the victory. "The first day the putter felt very bad, and (then) it just clicked".

"This feels wonderful - I mean, I see the record (of time between wins) every time I'm on TV", Na said.

"I didn't want to leave the Korean fans out", Na said.

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

Kraft looked like he was about to run away with the tournament after consecutive birdies on 10, 11, and 12, but he would struggle coming down the stretch as he bogeyed 16 and 18 and open the door for others to be in contention.

"I'm always up there", said Na, who has 65 career top-10 finishes.

"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".

On Sunday's gaffe, Mickelson said he "wasn't really thinking".

Before teeing off on the par-4 7th he stepped on a tuft of grass, which he later told rules officials was in his preferred line, leading to the penalty.

Simpson's tee shot went 179 yards to the left greenside bunker and his bunker shot went 20 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for bogey on the 205-yard par-3 third. Three straight birdies from Nos.

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Kim finished at 31-under par.

Kim tied another Sorenstam record when she was 24 under through 54 holes. She reached 28 under with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 ninth Suunday.

Carlota Ciganda closed with a 64 despite a double bogey on the 18th hole and finished alone in second. Varner needed to make a birdie putt on either No. 17 or 18 to get there, but he parred both holes. He would go on to shoot a 66 and finds himself at 14 under.

"It feels wonderful", Na said. Nearly 20 players thought they had a legitimate chance to win the event when the day started.

Knox is set to climb into the top 50 of the World Golf Ranking and has boosted his chances of making Europe's Ryder Cup team in September.

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

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