Kevin Na

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Kevin Na
나상욱
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kevin Sangwook Na
Born (1983-09-15) September 15, 1983 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)
Nationality  United States
 South Korea
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada[1]
Career
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Asian Tour 1
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T12: 2012
U.S. Open T12: 2014
The Open Championship T27: 2010
PGA Championship T10: 2011
Kevin Na
Hangul 나상욱
Hanja 羅相昱
Revised Romanization Na Sang-uk
McCune–Reischauer Na Sang-uk

Kevin Sangwook Na (born September 15, 1983) is a Korean American professional golfer currently playing on the PGA Tour.

Personal life[edit]

Na was born in Seoul, South Korea.[1] His family emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old. He turned professional at age 17 in 2001 and left Diamond Bar High School after his junior year to play professional golf.[2][3] He later naturalized as an American citizen.[4] Na lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Na has played on the Asian Tour (with a win at the 2002 Volvo Masters of Asia), European Tour and PGA Tour.

Na got his PGA Tour card for the 2004 season. He finished third at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic and fourth at the Honda Classic. In 2005 he finished second at the FBR Open and Chrysler Classic of Tucson. In 2006, he played the Nationwide Tour, where he got a win at the Mark Christopher Charity Classic.

Back on the PGA Tour in 2007, Na finished fourth at The Heritage. In 2008 he was fourth at the FBR Open and Sony Open in Hawaii.

He finished third at the 2009 Players Championship and the FBR Open, fifth at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Mayakoba Golf Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open. With nine top-10 finishes and 14 top-25 finishes, he ranked in 19th place on the money list, securing his entry to the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open in 2010 for the first time.

In the 2010 season, Na finished second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and third at the BMW Championship. He placed 37th in season earnings.

In February 2011, Na was in contention to win his first PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open. He entered the final round in a tie for 2nd at −9, one stroke behind Aaron Baddeley. However a run of four bogeys in the first ten holes ended Na's chances of victory. He would eventually fight back on the back nine and a vital birdie on the par-five 17th sealed a third place finish, behind eventual winner Baddeley and Vijay Singh.

On April 14, 2011, Na played the worst ever par-4 hole on the PGA Tour since the tour began recording hole-by-hole scores in 1983, making a 16 on the ninth hole at the Valero Texas Open. Na needed extra shots after an unplayable lie from his tee shot and was then given a two-stroke penalty after his ball hit a tree and rebounded back onto him. It was initially scored as a 15 but changed to 16 on review. Na ended up shooting an eight-over-par round of 80, which saw him shoot four-under for his other 17 holes.[5]

In August 2011, Na finished tenth at the PGA Championship with a 72-69-70-67 score card. He also finished fifth at the Bob Hope Classic and Wells Fargo Championship.

On October 1, 2011, Na apparently whiffed his tee shot on the par-4 15th hole in the third round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, missing high and to the outside of the ball. Tour officials, though, ruled Na was not intending to hit the ball and did not count the swing as a stroke, and Na finished with a 5-under 66 to remain tied for the tournament lead.[6] The following day, Na earned his first PGA Tour victory at the 211th attempt, having been on tour for eight years. He shot a final round 65 with birdies at 15, 16 and 17 to win by two strokes from Nick Watney and earn $792,000 in prize money. Na also broke the tournament scoring record of 21-under par when he finished the week at 23-under par. This victory earned Na a two year exemption on tour.[7] He ranked 30th in season earnings.

During the 2012 PGA Tour season, Na finished fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, fifth at the Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, seventh at the Players Championship and 12th at Masters Tournament.

A back injury limited Na to eight starts in early 2013. After rehabbing, he made a comeback in October in his first PGA Tour start since April with a third place finish at the Frys.com Open. Na was given 18 starts on a medical extension, but needed only seven to remain on the PGA Tour.

In 2014 he finished second at the Memorial Tournament and Valspar Championship, third at the Frys.com Open, fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, ninth at The Barclays and 12th at the U.S. Open. He finished 20th in season earnings.

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Oct 2, 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open –23 (67-63-66-65=261) 2 strokes United States Nick Watney

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2005 Chrysler Classic of Tucson United States Mark Calcavecchia, Australia Geoff Ogilvy Ogilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole
2 2014 Memorial Tournament Japan Hideki Matsuyama Lost to par on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

Asian Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T12 59 DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T29 DNP T12
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T27 CUT CUT DNP T54
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T43 T58 T10 WD DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 3 18 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour profile". Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Biographical info on PGA Tour's official site
  3. ^ Yoon, Peter (March 25, 2002). "Diamond Bar Rebuilds Fast With Freshmen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ 2005 Nissan Open interview
  5. ^ "Kevin Na shoots 16 on a par-4 hole". ESPN. April 14, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Na Whiff Fresh Air Shot". 
  7. ^ "Kevin Na wins in Las Vegas". ESPN. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 

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