Kevin Na

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 (November 1, 2015)[2]
(as of February 9, 2020)
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

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

Early years

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 career

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]

Personal

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

Professional wins (7)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Oct 2, 2011Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open67-63-66-65=261−232 strokesUnited States Nick Watney
2Jul 8, 2018A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier69-63-65-64=261−195 strokesUnited States Kelly Kraft
3May 26, 2019Charles Schwab Challenge70-62-69-66=267−134 strokesUnited States Tony Finau
4Oct 6, 2019Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (2)68-62-61-70=261−23PlayoffUnited States Patrick Cantlay

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12005Chrysler Classic of TucsonAustralia Geoff Ogilvy, United States Mark CalcavecchiaOgilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole
22014Memorial TournamentJapan Hideki MatsuyamaLost to par on first extra hole
32015Frys.com OpenArgentina Emiliano GrilloLost to birdie on second extra hole
42019Shriners Hospitals for Children OpenUnited States Patrick CantlayWon with par on second extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runners-up
1Oct 8, 2006Mark Christopher Charity Classic62-66-71-69=268−163 strokesUnited States Jeff Quinney, United States Chris Tidland

Asian Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runners-up
1Dec 8, 2002Volvo Masters of Asia69-66-71-66=272−162 strokesSouth Africa , United States Anthony Kang,
India , Scotland Simon Yates

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament20052006200720082009
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA ChampionshipCUTT43
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters TournamentCUTCUTT1259T12T55CUT
U.S. OpenCUTCUTT29T12T467T32
The Open ChampionshipT27CUTCUTT54T58T22T44T51
PGA ChampionshipT58T10WDCUTCUTT22CUTT19
Tournament2019
Masters TournamentT46
PGA ChampionshipCUT
U.S. OpenCUT
The Open Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000285
PGA Championship000013115
U.S. Open00001285
The Open Championship00000186
Totals0000283521
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2016 Masters – 2016 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
The Players ChampionshipCUTCUTT54T3CUTCUTT7T38T6CUTWDT4678
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament200320042005200620072008
Mexico Championship
Match Play
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT71
Tournament20092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Mexico ChampionshipT50T35T9T35T52T36
Match PlayR64R64T3417R16T52QF
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT63T23T15T27T31T43
HSBC ChampionsT2057T54T54

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 also

References

  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

External links