Both men are seeking their first career wins on the PGA Tour but neither are likely to rest easy ahead of Sunday's final round with defending champion Xander Schauffele and the hot-putting Kevin Na trailing them by just one stroke.
The 34-year-old, who emigrated to the United States from Seoul with his family at age eight, finished 72 holes at the mountain resort course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on 19-under 261. It will be a six-shot win, unless Kelly Kraft birdies 18 to finish five back.
"I know I've come back from six shots a couple times in my career", Watson said.
"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". 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). Varner would birdie holes 11,12, 14, and 17. "I was hoping it would - sooner than later", Na said.
Kraft, a former US Amateur Champion, was chasing his first PGA Tour victory but although he matched his best previous finish on the PGA Tour he was unable to stay with the brilliance of Na. He improved 40 spots to No. 18 in the FedEx Cup standings.
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Fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third at 13 under. That gave the final spot to Cook.
Varner sank a nine-foot birdie putt at 11. Fox failed to match the birdie, with his putt agonizingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face. You can move stuff on the tee box, but I've been working on this really low shot for the last two weeks, and there was some fescue in front that was low, and I stepped on it.
Knox, who tied for second at the French Open last week, goes to No. 5 in the Race to Dubai and will get back into the top 50 in the world. Even though it wasn't for a victory, Snedeker still qualified for the Open as one of the top four finishers who hadn't already qualified. Zander Lombard of South Africa and Andy Sullivan of England earned the other two spots. Three straight birdies from Nos. The victory was worth $108,000 and moved him from 101st to 24th on the money list.
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. Five players came in at 12-under par, including third-round co-leader Harold Varner III, who could manage just a 72 over the event's final 18 holes.
Then he found two bunkers on the par-5 16th and made bogey, and found the greenside bunker and missed a five-foot par putt on the par-3 18th. He finished off a bogey-free final round to post a 22-under 266, two shots clear of Kyle Jones (69) and Sebastian Munoz, who birdied his last two holes to salvage a 70.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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