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Kevin Na

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 167

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First-round leader and World No. 75 Kevin Na painted a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-30=61 in the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational to wrap on 14-under 266; up 19 spots to T2, good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead and matching the course record at Colonial Country Club. UPDATE: With play completed, Na finished solo 4th, six back of overnight leader and champion Justin Rose.
Playing his 1,185th round, the 34-year-old ties his career low shot in R3 at the 2010 Wyndham, also a 9-under version. He's the seventh player to shoot 61 at Colonial, first since Chad Campbell in 2004, and just missed a 60, nearly holing his second at 18 from 146 yards away and tapping in from 12 inches for his ninth birdie of the day. This was the Las Vegas resident's 12th FWI, seventh top 25 and fourth top 10, first since T10 in 2015 as 36- and 54-hole leader. His opening bogey-free 62 was a new best in Fort Worth before today's effort, and sandwiched middle laps of 73-70. For the week, Na tallied one eagle and 21 birdies against five bogeys and two doubles and is currently No. 1 in SG: Approach (9.689). It's his fourth top 25 of the season in 16 starts and third top 10, second straight (T6, Byron Nelson). May 27 - 4:08 PM

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Overnight leader Kevin Na backpedaled in round two of the Fort Worth Invitational, settling for a 3-over-par 33-40=73, dropping nine spots on the live leaderboard to enter the weekend on 5-under 135.

Na put on a short-game clinic in round one but his putter went cold today. Before his day was done, he had missed seven putts in the 5-to-10 foot range. Na was losing 4.505 strokes putting at the time he walked off the course. If you assign him a field-average putting performance then he's still right in the mix near the top of the leaderboard. On the bright side, he is still hitting his irons wells, currently ranked 12th in the field for strokes gained approach. In his five previous events where he led after R1, he had never posted anything worse than 71 on day two. That all changed today as he'll now be on the top-10 bubble as he preps for the weekend.
May 25 - 1:37 PM

Kevin Na was firing on all cylinders en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-32=62 during round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, staking his claim as the clubhouse leader.

Na didn't impress with traditional metrics (9 Fairways, 11 GIR) but he gained 2.267 strokes around-the-green and another 3.282 strokes putting. Starting on the back nine, he opened his day with five pars before turning up the heat. On the greens he dropped in notable putts from 24'7" and 46'6" at the 17th and 2nd holes, respectively. Right after the turn, he stiffed his 252-yard approach to 2'1" for a tap-in eagle at the par-5 first. Na walked off with another highlight, holing out from 92'3" at the closing, par-4 ninth. Making his 12th start at Colonial, this beats his previous-low round which was a 7-under 63 in R1 of the 2007 edition. If this lead holds then it'll be his sixth career first-round lead/co-lead with the 2016 Wyndham being the most recent. Two of those previous leads came here at Colonial and all five were shared with at least one other golfer. He's converted 4-of-5 into top 10s.
May 24 - 5:54 PM

Making his first appearance since a missed cut in 2009, World No. 78 Kevin Na carded a bogey-free, 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to wrap on 16-under 268, down three spots to T6, seven in arrears of overnight co-leader and champion Aaron Wise, who shot bogey-free 65.

After opening with 66-65-69, the 34-year-old began T3, four back. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he conjured one birdie-3 at hole 3 and an eagle bomb at 14 from the fringe 82'7" away. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, the Las Vegas resident lost 0.484 strokes off-the-tee but gained 2.078 around-the-green. He posted 1.800 putts per GIR and -1.436 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. For the week, Na totaled two eagles and 16 birdies against four bogeys. This is his third top 25 of the season in 15 starts and second top 10, joining a T2 at the Genesis back in February.
May 20 - 11:05 PM

World No. 78 Kevin Na bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson for a 54-hole total of 13-under 200, up one place to T3, four short of co-leaders Marc Leishman and Aaron Wise.

Infamously, the 34-year-old has won just one time in 365 events, claiming the 2011 Shriners in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas 155 starts ago. He's finished runner-up six times since then, including a T2 at the Genesis back in February, where he was T3 thru 54 holes and closed with 2-under 69. After kicking off in 66-65, the South Korean-born American began T4, four shy of Leishman. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, outpacing three bogeys at 12, 15 (3-putt from 61'2") and 18, with five birdies at 5, 11, 13, 14 and 16, three from between 11 and 14 feet. Na posted 1.733 putts per GIR and 1.964 SG: Putting and will play out of the penultimate threesome again in R4.
May 19 - 7:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 78 Kevin Na twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson for a 36-hole tally of 11-under 131, up eight places to T4, four shy of leader Marc Leishman.

This is a season low for the 34-year-old in 44 rounds, eclipsing 66 (x2). Making his first appearance in the tourney since a missed cut in 2009, he opened with 66 (1 eagle, 4 birdies, 1 bogey) and circled six birdies in R2 on 16 greens in regulation. The Las Vegas resident gained 2.497 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.156 on-the-green with 29 total putts. He's stuck on just the one TOUR win in 365 events, claiming the 2011 Shriners 155 starts ago. Na's season best and lone top 10 in 14 events is T2 at the Genesis back in mid-February.
May 18 - 8:33 PM

Kevin Na rolls into the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links looking to make noise this week.

Na has made the cut in five consecutive tournaments, and nine of his 10 events this season. That includes an impressive runner-up showing in a star-studded field at the Genesis Open. In the week after the Masters, the field is much less stacked this weekend in the low country. Much of Na's success can be attributed to his work out of the sand traps, and especially on the green. Na ranks third on the PGA Tour in Putts Per Round (27.79). He is a solid sleeper heading into this weekend's tournament.
Apr 12 - 1:33 AM

Following an 11th-hour WD at last week's Valspar Championship, Kevin Na is set to return at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. UPDATE: Na returned at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and opened the week with rounds of 71-70=141 (-3), good for a spot just inside the top 30 ahead of the weekend.

Na backed out at the last minute during last week's Valspar Championship. On the bright side, his pre-tournament WD yielded a spot for Adam Schenk who ended up securing a T59. On the downside, Na may not be out of the woods just yet. Last Thursday, Na shared the news to his Instagram followers saying, "WD this week due to neck injury. (Did not start) Should be back for APInv." The scary word for gamers in that sentence is should. This injury should drastically lower his ownership in DFS formats but most gamers should look for alternatives if they want to play it safe this week.
Mar 12 - 4:48 PM

Prior to his first-round tee time, Kevin Na has withdrawn from this week's Valspar Championship, citing a neck injury. He will be replaced by second alternate Adam Schenk with first alternate Shawn Stefani likely not sticking around or taking a pass.

Na was set to begin his week at 1:08 p.m. ET alongside Nick Taylor and Martin Laird. Instead, his 11th-hour withdraw was announced at 12:42 p.m. meaning this was likely a last-minute decision on whether to give it a go or not. Na was arriving fresh off a runner-up finish at the Genesis Open in his latest start (three weeks ago). That was his first podium finish since the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge. Season-long gamers should be optimistic about the Genesis Open result but DFSers and other short-term managers should proceed with caution the next time Na pegs it.
Mar 8 - 1:18 PM

World No. 95 Kevin Na authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Genesis Open to post 10-under 274, up one place into a season-best T2, two adrift of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson.

The 34-year-old improves to 9-for-15 at the Genesis with five top 25s and four top 10s, second straight, and third top 5. His best is solo 3rd in 2011 and finished T4 last year, and has now put eight straight in the red at Riviera CC. After kicking off in 68-70-67, the Las Vegas resident began T3, two back of Watson. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.612 strokes around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 5.803. The one-time TOUR winner squared three bogey-5s at holes 7, 12 and 13, outflanked by five birdies at 1, 9, 10, 11 and 17, all from inside of eight feet. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 1.469 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is Na's ninth runner-up in 359 career TOUR events, first since T2 at the 2016 Shriners. He improves to 7-for-8 on the season with two top 25s (two straight) and one top 10.
Feb 18 - 7:18 PM

World No. 95 Kevin Na bobbed and weaved to a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the third round of the Genesis Open, climbing three spots to T3 on 8-under 205, two short of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The South Korean-born American grew up in the L.A. area and was solo 3rd here last year thru 54 holes before 1-under 70 for T4. He's vying for a second TOUR title in 359 career events, joining his maiden win at the 2011 Shriners in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, 148 starts ago. After kicking off with 68-70, he began T6, three back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The 34-year-old hit nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.954 strokes around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 5.191. He was bogey-free 5-under thru 11 holes, yielded three shots with double at 12 and bogey at 13, but retrieved two with circles at 14 and 17, including a hole-out 2 from a greenside bunker at 14 from 49'7" away. Na posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 1.439 SG: Putting with 23 total putts. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome for R4.
Feb 17 - 8:11 PM

Kevin Na was off to the races in round one of the Genesis Open, firing a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to find himself in an early share of ninth place with plenty of action still to go on day one.

Na started his day on the 10th tee and couldn't find the bottom of the cup, beginning his round with five pars and a bogey, despite setting up three scoring chances inside 17 feet. After the bogey, Na turned up his iron game, sticking his 162-yard tee shot to inside three feet at the par-3 16th. A very impressive feat, considering the firmness of the greens today. The other highlight of the round came holes later where he converted from 34'11" (from the fringe) for birdie at the 18th. Na entered the week off a T20 at Pebble Beach, his first top 35 since last August. Gamers should take note that the 34-year-old could be heating up.
Feb 15 - 4:42 PM

Kevin Na pieced together a 5-under-par 35-32=67 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, reaching 11-under 133 as he prepares for the weekend in La Quinta, California.

Playing at the Nicklaus Tournament Course today, Na got his day started on the 10th tee. The highlight of the round came early as he splashed home an eagle putt at the par-5 11th hole. The rest of the round could be described as scrappy as he landed just 11 greens in regulation by day's end but swallowed just one bogey. The Las Vegas resident is no stranger to desert golf so this event was just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Na. He will now turn his attention toward the (relatively) difficult Stadium Course for his Saturday round.
Jan 19 - 6:40 PM

Kevin Na pieced together a 5-under-par 35-32=67 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, reaching 11-under 133 as he prepares for the weekend in La Quinta, California.

Playing at the Nicklaus Tournament Course today, Na got his day started on the 10th tee. The highlight of the round came early as he splashed home an eagle putt at the par-5 11th hole. The rest of the round could be described as scrappy as he landed just 11 greens in regulation by day's end. The Las Vegas resident is no stranger to desert golf so this event was just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Na. He will now turn his attention toward the (relatively) difficult Stadium Course for his Saturday round.
Jan 19 - 6:40 PM

Kevin Na has withdrawn ahead of his round-one tee time at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, giving a spot in the field to Rick Lamb.

Na was set to tee off at 12:15 p.m. local time but decided against playing at the 11th hour. There was no reason given at the time of WD, but he's surely gutted to have to sit this one out, his hometown event. Given his official WD was after the early tee times had already gotten underway, gamers are likely stuck with him on their rosters this week. If there are any updates on the status of a potential injury, we will make sure to pass that information along.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 01:34:00 PM