That golf is a game that demands controlling dark inner demons as much as a little white ball has never been truer than it was in watching Kevin Na take the third-round lead at The Players on Saturday.
To put it mildly, it's painful watching Na play golf.
In baseball, balks are penalized. But in golf it's merely bad etiquette for a player to take countless practice swings and waggles, back off several times and even take air swings -- swinging over the ball, like a false start, on the downswing -- only to begin the entire tortured process all over again.
"We hear guys talking about needing swing coaches, sports psychologists, fitness instructors or changing managers," said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee.
"He needs an exorcist. I half expect winged bulls to fly out of his head when he is standing over a shot.
"I'm not sure if Sigmund Freud were alive he could figure this one out."
And so it was both bizarre and commendable that Na...