Na wins by five at Greenbrier for first victory since 2011

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Reuters: American Kevin Na won his first PGA Tour event since 2011 as he shot a final-round six-under 64 for a five-stroke victory at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Sunday.

Five birdies in six holes on the front nine put Na in control, and he finished at 19-under-par 261 at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs for his second career win.

Third-round co-leader Kelly Kraft carded an even-par 70 to claim second place at 266.

Fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third on 267.

Kraft, Snedeker, Kokrak and Austin Cook earned places in the British Open starting at Carnoustie on 19 July thanks to their performances at the tournament.

The win ended a seven-year drought for the 34-year-old Na, who won the Shriners Open in Las Vegas in 2011 and, despite some close calls, had not taken home a trophy since.

“It feels amazing. I see the record every time on TV - the most top fives, the most top 10s without a win,” he told CBS. “I’m always up there. I’ve been close so many years and failed so many times,” said Na, who turned pro at age 17. “It took me eight years to win the first time, and at the time, I told everyone it would not take me eight years to win another one, and it took seven,” he said with a laugh.