Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Harold Varner III tied for lead at the Greenbriar

Harold Varner III tied for lead at the Greenbriar

"I failed so many times", Na said. Since this tournament debuted in 2010, there have been four first-time champions, but no third-round leader has won.

"It was nice to have a big cushion where I could enjoy the moment walking off the 18th hole, say hi to my loved ones on camera".

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 most important thing today was that I never got ahead of myself - I stayed within myself".

Na had three dozen top-10 finishes since his first win and showed signs earlier this year that reaching the top again was still well within reach. Varner needed to make a birdie putt on either No. 17 or 18 to get there, but he parred both holes. "Playing from the fairways out here, you give yourself a good shot".

The 25-year-old Kim won by five shots over Lydia Ko when she shot 27 under in the Founders Cup two years ago.

Phil Mickelson, in his first tournament since his weird US Open final day meltdown on the 13th green, was penalised two shots on Sunday for improving his line of play.

Overnight joint-leader Harold Varner III stuttered to a final-round 72 to end in a group of five players tied-fifth, with Russell Henley completing the top 10 after a round-of-the-day 63.

"And especially on the back nine, there were two or three greens that were just - they were borderline rolling too fast".

Bubba Watson shot 65 and was among three players at 11 under.

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.

Jorge Campillo (65) was third at 13 under, with 2017 tournament champion Jon Rahm (66) and Erik van Rooyen (74) sharing fourth at 12 under. Watson owns a vacation home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. 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).

Kraft, Snedeker, Kokrak and Austin Cook earned spots in the British Open in two weeks.

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