Since this tournament debuted in 2010, there have been four first-time champions, but no third-round leader has won. I got it just over the ridge. Stegmaier finished his day tied for 30th at 6 under; Kevin Na is in 1st at 19 under; Kelly Kraft is in 2nd at 14 under; and Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak are tied for 3rd at 13 under.
Varner III fell away with a 72 to finish tied for fifth.
"I never knew when the next one was going to come", said Na afterwards.
"I didn't want to leave the Korean fans out", said Na, who was born in South Korea before moving to California with his family as a child.
"Mentally I think I'm just excited to play golf", he told the Golf Channel. Hamilton managed to fight his way back to finish second after a Ferrari-Mercedes duel developed with Valtteri Bottas leading until Vettel hit the front again with five laps to go. Varner would birdie holes 11,12, 14, and 17. 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. "I was hoping it would - sooner than later", Na said. I mean, a lot of heartbreaks, but today everything was going well. Besides Stricker, with his three-year dominance, only two other golfers have ever won consecutive events in the tournament's history. The 2016 tournament was canceled after devastating floods.
Phil Mickelson, in his first tournament since his freakish US Open final day meltdown on the 13th green, was penalised two shots on Sunday for improving his line of play. 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.
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.
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.
"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. Four players shot 65 on Thursday, and many more crowded the leaderboard after posting 66s to start the tournament. Watson owns a vacation home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.
"Big confidence boost", Na said.
Anirban Lahiri of India and Webb Simpson trailed Kraft by a stroke entering the third round.
Watson rebounded to birdie the next two holes and matched the low round of the day, moving within three shots of the leaders. Simpson shot 76 to fall eight strokes back.
Austin Cook finished tied for fifth place, with all five players earning a qualification spot for the upcoming Open Championship at Carnoustie.