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Kevin Na has been on the PGA Tour for about 15 years and has enjoyed a career just about every professional golfer could only dream of: nearly 400 PGA Tour starts, multiple victories, about $30 million in tournament earnings.
But if asked for the first thing that came to mind when thinking of Na, chances are pretty good that you would say … um … er … you know … that thing … oh well, we'll just say it: HE PLAYED ONE OF THE WORST HOLES IN PGA TOUR HISTORY. Yes, Na delivered a 16 on the par-4 ninth hole in the first round of the 2011 Valero Texas Open.
We're not saying that will always will be No. 1, but there now is a definitive No. 2, and it also took place in the Lone Star State: The 35-year-old Na captured the biggest victory of his career by cruising to a four-stroke win at Colonial on Sunday afternoon.
In taking the newly named Charles Schwab Challenge, Na now has three victories, adding to the 2011 Shriners and the 2018 Greenbrier. After being stuck on that one win for so many years, Na has now won in back-to-back seasons and has climbed to No. 31 in the world, his highest standing in three years but still far from his career best of No. 19.
Na acknowledges that he is at a huge disadvantage on all the longer courses permeating the Tour, but on the shorter ones, he can and does