Kevin Na With a Big Sunday For The Win At The Greenbrier

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Kevin Na would finish with a final round 64 and grab a much-needed victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.  Third round leaders Kelly Kraft and Harold Varner III either stayed in Neutral or slid back while Na charged ahead for victory.

Coming into Sunday, Kevin Na had not won on the PGA Tour since the Shriners Hospital Event in 2011.  The win ensured that there would continue to be no repeat winners at this tournament and it would also go down as the largest stroke differential ever Here at The Greenbrier.

Na became the 15th player this season to come from behind on Sunday to win a tournament. For just his second win since 2011, Kevin has made the FedEx Cup playoffs every season except for 2013.  To further back up how competitive he has been, Na has collected 6 runner ups since that time.

How did Na do it this week.  It was with his putter.  He led in nearly all categories for the week.

Kelly Kraft whom was tied with Harold Varner III would shoot an even round 70 on Sunday while Varner would shoot at 2+over round after three straight rounds of bogey free golf. Kraft’s round would keep him in sole possession of second place for the tournament as the leaderboard would once again see a good bit of  movement.

Bubba Watson came into the tournament as one of the tours hottest players and started Sunday down just 3 strokes to the leaders.  But his 2+over round would end his opportunity at winning on back to back weeks.

Notables

Phil Mickelson would come into Sunday at 5-under but would falter with a 4+over round.   JIm Furyk would also see himself slide back a bit with a final round 73.  Anirban Lahiri was in contention going into Saturday after a second round score of 61.  But he would card a 71 and 76 over the weekend to fall back into the pack.

The Open Championship

Brandt Snedeker was another player to shoot a final round 64 to move him into a tie for 3rd.  It was his second top ten finish of the season and probably most important as it was just what he needed to qualify himself for the Open Championship.

Four total players qualified from this tournament and that list also includes Austin Cook, Kelly Kraft, and Jason Kokrak.

The Final Leaderboard looked like this.

  • Kevin Na -19
  • Kelly Kraft -14
  • Brandt Snedeker -13
  • Jason Kokrak -13
  • Joaquin Niemann -12
  • Austin Cook -12
  • Joel Dahmen -12
  • Sam Saunders -12
  • Harold Varner III -12
  • Russell Henley -11
  • Robert Robert Streb -10
  • David Lingmerth -10

The course itself played most difficult on Sunday as the scoring average jumped by nearly a stroke from the first round to 70.156.  Low rounds of 64 did occur but over par rounds were the standard on Sunday.

There were 45 rounds of even par or worse played on Sunday, which was the well above 50% of the field.  The highest percentage in fact for the week.

 

Author: Jhavelka