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Jordan Spieth, others fall short as Kevin Na pulls away to win Charles Schwab Challenge

Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Na survived an afternoon tee time in less-than-favorable conditions on Thursday afternoon. He made it through a fan's "cackle" during a bunker shot on No. 11 during Saturday's round that led to a double-bogey.

Nothing could derail him this week, though, not on a course that he's mastered over the years.

Na pulled away in impressive fashion Sunday, carding a 4-under 66 en route to a four-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Any charge made Sunday by fellow players proved to be short-lived.

"I'm so proud of him and the way that he played all four days," said Kenny Harms, who has served as Na's caddie for the last 11 years.

"The way he handled No. 11 yesterday with the lady, and 1/8Thursday's conditions3/8. There's always someone looking after us. It's special."

Na posted a combined score of 13-under 267, and had the biggest margin of victory in the tournament history since Kenny Perry won by seven strokes in 2005. Tony Finau finished second at 9-under followed by a two-way tie for third between Andrew Putnam and C.T. Pan.

 

For Na, his third career PGA Tour victory is something he envisioned from the start Sunday.

"On the first tee I saw that wall, looked at the name right below, Justin Rose, and in my head I engraved my name in it in my head," Na said. "Just trying to visualize success before I tee'd off."

The South Korean followed that vision by playing well early on. He stuck his approach shot to within five feet for a birdie on No. 2. He drained a 33-footer for birdie on No. 4, going through the "Horrible Horseshoe" at 1-under par.

Na then rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on No. 6. He bogeyed No. 7, missing a seven-footer to save bar, but responded by draining a 20-footer for birdie on No. 8.

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