Then Kevin Na left everyone in the dust. Each earned a place in the British Open as the leading four players from the top 12 not already eligible.
Overnight co-leader Harold Varner III had his worst showing of the tournament, mixing three birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey for a round of two-over 72 that extinguished his hopes of a first PGA Tour win.
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.
Na found a fairway bunker at seven and settled for par but resumed his birdie binge with a 43-foot putt at the par-3 eighth, a tap-in birdie after putting his approach at nine inches from the cup and sinking a 23-foot birdie putt to start the back nine. That gave the final spot to Austin Cook. He now has four top-8 finishes this season and looks poised for great success. He also finished sixth at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Kraft said his first British Open bid helped take away some of the sting of losing the lead Sunday. Webb Simpson shot a first-round 61 on Thursday to take just a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim, who posted a 62.
US PGA Championship to move from August to May in tour revamp
It means the Open Championship - which will continue to be held in July - will become the last major in the calendar. The PGA Tour will return to the Detroit and Minneapolis areas and leave Washington, D.C.
Joaquin Niemann really could be the future of golf.
A misread short putt on 18 led to a bogey and dropped him into a tie for the lead with Varner heading into Sunday's round.
"At the end of the day, top-15 is good", said Watson.
Fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third on 267. Na had posted 63 on Friday to move much closer to the lead.
The PGA Tour now moves to Silvis in IL for the John Deere Classic where Bryson DeChambeau defends his title. Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion. Steve Stricker holds the tourney records for lowest score (258) and lowest score to par (26-under), set back in 2010. He had made 158 starts and played 528 rounds on the PGA Tour since his last win, racking up nine second- and eight third-place finishes since his most recent victory six years, nine months and nine days ago. The tournament has been decided by two or fewer strokes every year and has gone to a playoff three times. DeChambeau will try to match Deane Beman (1971, 1972) and David Frost (1992, 1993).