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

Kevin Na
Personal information
Full nameKevin Sangwook Na
Born (1983-09-15) September 15, 1983 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)
Nationality United States
 South Korea
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada[1]
Career
Turned professional2001
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Asian Tour
Professional wins7
Highest ranking19 (1 November 2015)[2]
(as of 10 November 2019)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Asian Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT12: 2012, 2015
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2011
U.S. Open7th: 2016
The Open ChampionshipT22: 2016
Kevin Na
Hangul
나상욱
Hanja
羅相昱
Revised RomanizationNa Sang-uk
McCune–ReischauerNa Sang-uk

Early yearsEdit

Born in Seoul, South Korea,[1] 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.[1][3]

Professional careerEdit

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. 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.[4]

Na played on the PGA Tour in 2007 via a medical extension, and finished fourth at the Verizon 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.

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.

At the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Na finished in 7th place after shooting 75-68-69-69 for a total of 1 over par. This is his best finish in 24 major championship appearances.

Na won his second PGA Tour event, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, in 2018. He carded a 6-under 64 en route to a -19 tournament score. This was his first PGA Tour win since 2011.

Na claimed his third PGA Tour win, with a four shot victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge in 2019. Na carded a 62 in the second round and ended with a final round of 66, which included four birdies in the first eight holes to finish the tournament at −13 ahead of Tony Finau.[8]

In October 2019, Na won his fourth PGA Tour title. The tournament ended on the second sudden-death playoff hole at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The playoff started when Na and Patrick Cantlay ended the final group at −23. Na is now 1 for 4 in PGA Tour sudden-death playoffs.[9]

PersonalEdit

Na is a naturalized American citizen,[10] and lives in the affluent Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Professional wins (7)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Oct 2, 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 67-63-66-65=261 −23 2 strokes   Nick Watney
2 Jul 8, 2018 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier 69-63-65-64=261 −19 5 strokes   Kelly Kraft
3 May 26, 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge 70-62-69-66=267 −13 4 strokes   Tony Finau
4 Oct 6, 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (2) 68-62-61-70=261 −23 Playoff   Patrick Cantlay

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
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
4 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open   Patrick Cantlay Won with par on second extra hole

Nationwide wins (1)Edit

Asian Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (1)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT T43
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T12 59 T12 T55 CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T29 T12 T46 7 T32
The Open Championship T27 CUT CUT T54 T58 T22 T44 T51
PGA Championship T58 T10 WD CUT CUT T22 CUT T19
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T46
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 6
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 8 35 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2016 Masters – 2016 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT CUT T54 T3 CUT CUT T7 T38 T6 CUT WD T46 78
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Mexico Championship
Match Play
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T71
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T50 T35 T9 T35 T52 T36
Match Play R64 R64 T34 17 R16 T52 QF
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T63 T23 T15 T27 T31 T43
HSBC Champions T20 57 T54 T54

The HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "PGA Tour profile". Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Week 44 2015 Ending 1 Nov 2015" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  3. ^ Yoon, Peter (March 25, 2002). "Diamond Bar Rebuilds Fast With Freshmen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Bush, John (October 8, 2006). "Na goes wire-to-wire out west". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on October 31, 2006.
  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.
  8. ^ "Na cruises to win at Charles Schwab Challenge". PGA Tour. May 26, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  9. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (October 7, 2019). "Kevin Na wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in playoff thriller". Golfweek. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  10. ^ 2005 Nissan Open interview

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