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Kevin Na

Kevin Na
나상욱
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kevin Sangwook Na
Born (1983-09-15) September 15, 1983 (age 30)
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 T29: 2012
The Open Championship T27: 2010
PGA Championship T10: 2011

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

Personal life

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

Na has played on the Asian Tour (with a win at the 2002 Volvo Masters of Asia), European Tour, Nationwide Tour (with a win at the 2006 Mark Christopher Charity Classic), and PGA Tour (with a win at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). In 2009 he had nine top-10 finishes and finished in 19th place on the money list, securing his entry to The Masters and the U.S. Open 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 the Australian 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 top-three finish, behind eventual winner Baddeley and the Fijian 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]

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]

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (1)

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 (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents 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

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

Asian Tour wins (1)

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

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

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

Summary

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 0 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 15 7
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2011 PGA – 2012 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See also

  • 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates

References

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