|Full name||Kevin Sangwook Na|
September 15, 1983 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)|
|Nationality|| United States
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Asian Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T12: 2012, 2015|
|U.S. Open||7th: 2016|
|The Open Championship||T22: 2016|
|PGA Championship||T10: 2011|
|Revised Romanization||Na Sang-uk|
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Na emigrated with his family to the United States when he was eight years old, settling in southern California. He left Diamond Bar High School after his junior year to play professional golf at age 17.
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. He missed six months with a hand injury in 2006. In his first start back, a rehab start on the Nationwide Tour, he won the Mark Christopher Charity Classic.
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 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.
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. 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. 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.
Na lost in a sudden-death playoff to Emiliano Grillo at the 2016 PGA Tour season opening Frys.com Open. After both players finished at 15-under-par, Grillo won the event with a birdie on the second extra hole. Na hit his second shot to the par-five 18th off-line and was trapped behind a tree, which resulted in a bogey. This allowed Grillo to two-putt out for the victory. Na is now 0 for 3 in PGA Tour sudden-death playoffs.
Professional wins (4)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Oct 2, 2011||Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open||67-63-66-65=261||–23||2 strokes||Nick Watney|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)
|1||2005||Chrysler Classic of Tucson||Geoff Ogilvy, Mark Calcavecchia||Ogilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole
|2||2014||Memorial Tournament||Hideki Matsuyama||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|3||2015||Frys.com Open||Emiliano Grillo||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
Nationwide Tour wins (1)
Asian Tour wins (1)
Other wins (1)
- 2002 Long Beach Open
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||T27||CUT||CUT||T54||T58||T22||T44|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||7||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2016 Masters – 2016 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
Results in World Golf Championships
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
The HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
- "PGA Tour profile". Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Biographical info on PGA Tour's official site
- Yoon, Peter (March 25, 2002). "Diamond Bar Rebuilds Fast With Freshmen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Bush, John (October 8, 2006). "Na goes wire-to-wire out west". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on October 31, 2006.
- "Kevin Na shoots 16 on a par-4 hole". ESPN. April 14, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- "Kevin Na Whiff Fresh Air Shot".
- "Kevin Na wins in Las Vegas". ESPN. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- 2005 Nissan Open interview