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Kevin Na

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 167

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Kevin Na grinded out a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the opening round of the 117th U.S. Open Championship, staking out an early spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.
Na generated a lot of buzz early in the week with his fescue rant across social media channels. He avoided that thick fescue today as he split 11 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 13 greens in regulation. While his striking was steady, it was not spectacular, setting up just two birdie looks from inside 11 feet today. The putter bailed him out on a few occasions, saving par twice from the 12-to-13 foot range. Despite the course playing 7,845 yards today, Na proved that distance isn't everything here at Erin Hills Golf Course. Jun 15 - 7:35 PM

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Kevin Na completed two holes during round one of THE PLAYERS before withdrawing due to illness.

Na opened his week on the back nine and started with a pair of bogeys before finding the rough with his tee shot at the par-4 12th. He failed to find a fairway on all three holes and three-jacked at the par-5 11th. At 2-over-par, Na certainly wasn't out of contention, but couldn't keep going. We will pass along any updates if news pops up on the specificity of the illness that forced this WD. This goes in the books as his 15th career mid-tournament WD in 341 starts.
May 11 - 8:35 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Kevin Na has withdrawn from this week's Valero Texas Open, giving first alternate Willy Wilcox a spot in the field.

TPC San Antonio is the site of Na's infamous 16, which was carded in R1 of the 2011 edition on the par-4 ninth hole. He's overcome those demons with finishes of T11 and T20 over his last two visits, but decided to take a pass this week. There is no injury cited at the time, but we will be sure to update if any news gets passed along. In his place, Willy Wilcox will get his second look at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, missing the cut in 2014 with rounds of 75-79=154 (+10).
Apr 18 - 11:24 AM

Kevin Na lost his 100% record in falling 2-and-1 to Chris Wood but grabbed a second chance when thrust into a play-off, defeating Matt Fitzpatrick to make the knockout stage of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The American had cleaned up Fitzpatrick earlier in the week and yet, under the rules of the championship, head-to-head records count for nothing when tallies are tied. So having both ended the first three days 2-1 they headed to the first tee for extra holes. Na knocked his 116-yard approach close and converted the birdie chance. Earlier he was taken down by Wood despite holding a 4-up lead after six holes, thanks to no less than five birdies in that stretch. But he then lost seven of the next eight holes (to two bogeys and a double bogey of his own, plus four Wood birdies). In a rollercoaster match Na extended the excitement with a par breaker at 16 before the taller man closed it out. After grabbing his lifeline in the play-off, Na can now prepare to play Bill Haas in the round of 16.
Mar 24 - 2:53 PM

Kevin Na pieced together a beautiful round en route to a 4-and-2 victory over Justin Thomas in round two of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, earning his second point of the week to put him in the Group 6 driver's seat.

Na found himself 1-down thru 7, despite playing bogey-free golf that included a birdie. That is a testament to Thomas' strong play, but Na didn't back down. He remained steady as he kept a clean card by day's end, despite playing in blustery conditions that wrecked havoc on many golfers today. With this strong win, Na improves his career record at Austin Country Club to 4-0-1, as he was the only golfer to earn 2.5 points last year and not advance to the round of 16. With a one point advantage over Thomas and Fitzpatrick, Na can seal his trip to the Sweet 16 with a halve or win tomorrow. In his favor, he is playing Chris Wood who owns a career WGC-Match Play record of 0-7-0.
Mar 23 - 5:19 PM

Kevin Na led from start to finish en route to a 5-and-4 victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in round one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Englishman, Fitzpatrick, looked a bit loose out of the gates, swallowing bogeys in two of the opening three holes to find himself 2-down early. Na took advantage of the early lead which allowed him to play a bit more aggressive. He rattled off a birdie at the par-4 fifth, an eagle at the par-5 sixth, and another birdie at the par-3 seventh. The eagle came as a result of good tee-to-green play as he splashed it home from just 9'10". Na's round was good enough to stay competitive in most matches today, but Fitzpatrick didn't have his best stuff today, which allowed Na to run away with this one. Up next, Na will take on Justin Thomas in Round 2.
Mar 22 - 5:56 PM

Kevin Na took a pass on the pro-am at this week's Valspar Championship, citing an illness as he recuperates from last week's event.

Na joins a list of golfers that played in last week's WGC-Mexico Championship and are now sitting out the pro-am this week. Chantel McCabe of Golf Channel reported via Twitter, "Health concerns in FLA-Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger & Kevin Na did not play in Pro-Am due to sickness. Have not WD from tournament." Gamers should be on the lookout for any last-minute decisions, but all three should be ready to roll come Thursday morning.

World No. 53 Kevin Na tacked on a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in today's final round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California, to post 11-under 273, down two places on the live leaderboard to T5.

After opening in 67-69-67, the 33-year-old began the finale in solo 3rd, seven in arrears of 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson. There was no re-pairing between Rounds 3 and 4, so he played out of the fourth-to-last threesome. The South Korean found eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, recording a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR and 31 putts total. He squared a lone bogey-4 at six (failed sand save), slightly outpaced by back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 from 7'8" and 11'0", respectively. Na got off to a patchy start, 3-putting the par-5 first (for par) from 33'6", missing birdie from 44 inches, but made three par-savers from between five and 10 feet. This was his eighth start of the season and second top 10, joining solo 7th at the season opener in Napa.
Feb 19 - 7:36 PM

World No. 53 Kevin Na styled a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the two-day third round of the Genesis Open for a 54-hole tally of 10-under 203, up four spots on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd with third- and final-round play in progress.

This is the 33-year-old's 14th appearance with two top 10s, including a best of solo 3rd in 2011. After opening in 67-69, he began R3 in a four-way T7 on 6-under, four adrift of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. The Las Vegas resident had just teed off on Saturday when play was suspended, so he played all 18 holes on Sunday morning. He circled an eagle-3 at the first (from 8'1") and birdies at 11 (23'0") and 16 (12'10") on seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR but a tidy 3.185 SG: Putting. Na's lone victory in 332 prior career starts remains the 2011 Shriners.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Kevin Na returns to Waialae Country Club for a 12th appearance at this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Na is going through all the wonders of being a first-time father (since late August), and that means his golf game has been playing second fiddle lately. Perhaps the holiday break gave him some time relax and recharge the batteries. Course-wise, he is 8-for-11 at Waialae CC, including a trio of top 10s. The most recent was a T8 at the 2014 edition. Na remains long overdue for a second win on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 10 - 7:58 AM

Past champ Kevin Na crashed and burned to a 4-over-par 38-37=75 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and at 1-over 68-75=143 missed the cut by four shots.

A total of 74 players made the cut of 3-under 139. Na won the 2011 edition, his ONLY TOUR title in a now 329 career starts, and was also T2 here last year. He opened in bogey-free 68 but cancelled out four birdies in R2 with SIX bogeys and a double bogey-6. The 33-year-old managed just four (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 4.294 strokes tee-to-green. Na opened the season solo seventh at the Safeway but has gotten progressively worse with T29-T54-MC. Other notable early exits include: 140- Graeme McDowell; Ryo Ishikawa ... 141- 2010 champ Jonathan Byrd; OQ medalist Kurt Kitayama (TOUR debut) ... 142- Danny Lee; Patton Kizzire; David Lingmerth ... 143- 2001 champ Bob Estes; William McGirt ... 144- Grayson Murray ... 147- Charley Hoffman; Patrick Rodgers ... 148- Nick Watney; top-ranked Jimmy Walker (OWGR No. 18) ... 152- 2015 champ Ben Martin.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 11:43:00 AM

With lift, clean and place in effect, Kevin Na orchestrated a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the Safeway Open to reach 15-under 273, up four places to T6 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Na finished solo seventh, three shy of champion Brendan Steele.

The 33-year-old was making his sixth appearance and departs with his third straight top 10. He was a playoff loser here last year and also posted a T3 in 2013-14 (Corde Valle GC). The Las Vegas resident, coming off a last-place finish at the TOUR Championship, began the final frame in a six-way logjam on 9-under (T10), five shy of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire. He carded all six of his birdies thru his first 12 holes, but then stalled out with six straight pars. Na hit all 18 greens in regulation and is currently leading in that stat at 83.33 percent (60/72). He gained 3.678 strokes tee-to-green but posted a pedestrian -0.182 SG: Putting, including missed scoring chances from inside of 13 feet at 16, 17 and 18.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 08:34:00 PM

With preferred lies in effect, Kevin Na tossed up a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-32=66 in two-day second round of the Safeway Open to reach the midpoint on 7-under 137, up 52 places to T11, eight adrift of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy.

A playoff loser here last year, Na opened his sixth appearance with an indifferent two-birdie one-bogey 71. He was 3-under thru 11 holes of his second round (T29), ending the day with a pitch-in birdie-2 at the 11th when play was ditched on Friday. Earlier, the 33-year-old also pitched in for birdie at the par-4 fourth. He returned Saturday morning to card four pars before going on a three-birdie train on holes 16-18 to end in style. Na was in positive territory in all strokes gained categories, highlighted by a 3.473 strokes gained: Tee-to-Green.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 02:13:00 PM

World No. 36 Kevin Na does battle in his fifth TOUR Championship and weighs in as the 22-seed in the FedExCup standings.

15 of the 30 combatants are returning from last year's edition, including the newly turned 33-year-old (Sep. 15th), who is making his third straight visit. His T16 (68-73-70-70) in 2015 is his best showing thus far at East Lake GC where overall, he has a scoring average of 71.25 in 16 career laps on the par 70. Na, who sat out the Deutsche Bank after becoming a first-time father on Aug. 29th, entered the postseason off back-to-back top 10s at the John Deere and Wyndham, but missed the cut at The Barclays and posted a T20 at the no-cut BMW Championship (69-68-72-72).
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Due to the overnight and Saturday morning weather forecast, third-round tee times at the BMW Championship will be threesomes off both tees between 11-1:01 PM ET. UPDATE: Due to 1.6 inches of overnight and morning rain, the start of R3 has been delayed until 12:00 PM. UPDATE #2: R3 start pushed back to 12:30 PM.

Kevin Na secured a reservation off No. 1 tee on Saturday with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68. He carded three par breakers, two birdie-4s and an eagle on the par-5 15th (from 24 feet) to post 7-under 137 at the midpoint, up 10 places to T6, seven shy of 36-hole co-leaders Roberto Castro and Dustin Johnson. The soon-to-be 33-year-old (Sep. 15th), striped 13 (of 14) fairways and mustered 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.833 putts per GIR and 0.846 SG: Putting. Na missed all six of his GIR on his inward half and kept the card spotless with a pitch-in par at the 17th from the rough 21'4" from the target.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 05:23:00 PM