- Last week, as groundskeepers made final preparations for the PGA Greenbrier, Bubba Watson took new local homeowner Keenan Bradley out for a covert practice round. "That's the benefits of knowing Governor Jim".
Kokrak, Kraft and Snedeker were the other qualifiers - the leading four players not already exempt from the top 12 finishers qualified for next week's tournament.
"Revenge? I already forgot about previous year", Sagan said.
With greens drying out in the afternoon, they shared an adventure on No. 15.
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. Watson's 4-foot par putt suddenly looked perilous as he struggled to gauge the downhill speed.
"It was nice to have a big cushion where I could enjoy the moment walking off the 18th hole, say hi to my loved ones on camera". Webb Simpson shot a first-round 61 on Thursday to take just a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim, who posted a 62.
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.
"I mean, a lot of heartbreaks, but today everything was going well".
Both Varner, one of the tour's few African-American players, and Kraft, who made bogeys at 16 and 18 in shooting a 69, seek a first US PGA title in their 85th career attempt.
"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.
"Maybe somebody up there was looking out for me". "But I'd like to finish it off with a good round (Sunday)".
Phil Mickelson (74) tied for 65th at 1 under and broke the rules again, only this time he didn't realize it until after his violation.
Defending champion Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na were at 13 under. But a 27-foot putt saved par.
"But I don't really lack confidence". "I was thinking a bogey is OK, and halfway there I go, 'Oh, my God, this is going in.' That was luck".
Na's lone PGA victory came in 2011 after eight years on the Tour. Seven years later he's hungry for a follow-up.
"I told everybody that it will not take that long to win my second one, and I'm running out of time", he said.
"I never got ahead of myself".
"It feels unbelievable. I see the record every time on TV - the most top fives, the most top 10s without a win", he told CBS.