Look, I’m not going to sit here and pile on Kevin Na. To say he had a rough go around at the 9th hole today during the Valero Texas Open is an understatement. Now I am not a professional golfer, but I can say pretty confidently I have never written down a 15 on the scorecard. I can remember a 10 before, but never a 15. To be fair, I am sure most golfers you see at the local muni each weekend should have numerous 15’s on their cards, but end up writing down only a snowman.
The 9th hole at TPC San Antonio is a 461 yard par 4. So Na hits his tee shot way right, in the cactus and weeds. He finds his ball but decides it’s unplayable so goes back to the tee box to hit another one. Guess what, he basically put his second tee shot, third shot overall now, in the same spot. He hits a provisional just in case and this one is left but in play. They find his tee shot again and decide to play from there, his fourth shot. Thing is, his fourth shot smacks a tree dead on and fires back at him, striking him in the leg. DOH!! One stroke pentaly. Now he is lying five. Where his ball is currently sitting, he decides it’s unplayable and takes a drop. Time to get the calculator out. He is now laying seven, hitting eight. (Are you still with me?) OK, so his eighth shot went in the woods again. He then tried a left handed shot with not much success (9.) He then his 10th shot didn’t go very far. On his 11th shot it went the wrong direction again. It wasn’t until his 12th shot he saw the open fairway again. He hit his 13th shot to the edge of the green and two shots later, voila, he cards a 15.
I think most people would have just given up after the failed left handed shot, and told their playing buddies to “just put down an 8 for me.” At least that’s what most of my friends would do. At least he kept a good attitude about it and it will be interesting to see what he has to say after his round.
Oh well, Kevin Na is a good player who just had a bad hole. A real bad hole…