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  • Associated Press Kevin Na, who won by 5 shots, hits his drive Sunday at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Monday, July 09, 2018 1:00 am

Golf

Na claims 2nd career tour win

Associated Press

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of nearly seven years on the PGA Tour.

Na shot a 6-under-64 for a five-stroke victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Na's only previous tour win came in Las Vegas in October 2011.

“I wasn't sure if it was going to come again. I was hoping it would – sooner than later,” Na said. “I've been close so many times, failed so many times.”

He has had three dozen top-10 finishes since that last win. He tied for second at the Genesis Open in January, two shots behind Bubba Watson. In late May he shot 61 in the first round of the Fort Worth Invitational to match the course record and finished fourth.

Starting Sunday's round one stroke behind co-leaders Harold Varner and Kelly Kraft, Na birdied six of his first 10 holes to open a big lead on the Old White TPC, and he cruised from there.

Na finished at 19-under 261 and picked up the $1.31 million winner's paycheck. He improved 40 spots to No. 18 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Kraft shot 70 and finished second at 14-under. Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third at 13-under.

LPGA: In Oneida, Wisconsin, Sei Young Kim shot a 7-under 65 to become the first player in LPGA Tour history to go lower than 30 under in winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic by nine shots.

Kim finished at 31-under par. That broke by four shots to par the record Kim had shared with Annika Sorenstam.

EUROPEAN: In Donegal, Ireland, Russell Knox of Scotland rolled in almost-identical birdie putts from around 40 feet on the 72nd hole and the first playoff hole to win the Irish Open.

After Knox made birdie on No. 18 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par, Ryan Fox of New Zealand missed an 8-foot birdie putt that would have won him the Rolex Series event.

They went back down the 18th hole for the playoff and Knox pitched from 131 yards to virtually the same spot on the green. His long birdie putt curled left to right and into the cup.

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