Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Varner, Kraft tied for lead at Greenbrier in West Virginia

Varner, Kraft tied for lead at Greenbrier in West Virginia

"I've been close so many times, failed so many times".

No third-round leader has gone on to win the tournament since its debut in 2010.

"Today I kept within myself", Na said.

Defending champion Xander Schauffele, who was one shot behind when the round started, bogeyed five of his first six holes.

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. I got it just over the ridge. Na has four top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a second-place finish at the Genesis Open in February and a fourth-place finish at the Forth Worth Invitational in May. I just need to slow down and take it all in. "Playing from the fairways out here, you give yourself a good shot".

DONEGAL, Ireland - Scottish golfer Russell Knox rolled in nearly identical birdie putts from around 40 feet on the 72nd hole and the first playoff hole to win the Irish Open.

Fifteen golfers were within five shots of the lead. First-round leader Webb Simpson, who recorded a 61 on Thursday, slumped to 76-72 on over the final two rounds and finished tied for 47th at 4 under.

"The greens got really kind of crusty and hard out there, different than the first couple days", Kraft said.

With greens drying out in the afternoon, they shared an adventure on No. 15.

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

Gov. Justice had nothing to do with their pairing for Saturday's third round in which Watson shot 5-under 65 to climb into sixth place and Bradley's 67 move left him in 14th. He and his wife, Angie, contributed significantly both in money and in volunteer work during local relief efforts after June 2016 floods killed 23 people statewide and forced the tournament to be canceled two weeks later.

"Big confidence boost", Na said. 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).

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

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