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Kevin Na was booed, taunted and heckled on nearly every hole.
The 28-year-old South Korean native even had one spectator tell him he ''better not choke'' because he had money riding on him.
Na dealt with it best he could, and even though he felt rushed at times, he never chastised fans at The Players Championship for his Sunday slide in the final round.
He blamed himself, just as he has all week for his countless waggles and his painfully slow pace.
Na closed with a 4-over 76, falling from first to a three-way tie for seventh and becoming the latest 54-hole leader to falter at the treacherous TPC Sawgrass. The third-round leader hasn't won The Players since it moved from March to May in 2007.
Na faded early, too.
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Kevin Na has a pre-shot routine longer than a “Godfather” movie, but far less entertaining. The 28-year-old golfer, who leads The Players Championship through three rounds, recognizes how ridiculous his routine is and apologizes for it.
“There’s so much on the line that I just have to sometimes back off,” Na told the media on Saturday. “Or I’ll force myself to take...
Golfer Kevin Na hit a great shot off the cart path onto the green at the 18th hole during Sunday's final round of The Players Championship. In the midst of expressing his excitement over Na's amazing shot, a Golf Channel announcer accidentally cursed on live television.
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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...
Kevin Na took time out from playing slow and being heckled and booed during his meltdown on Sunday to hit an amazing approach shot on the 18th hole. Na, whose prior shot was so badly placed that he decided to drop on the golf cart, calmly took his shot and put the ball on the green.
The shot was so amazing that an announcer couldn’t contain himself from dropping a s-bomb.
I watched most of the Final Round of The Players Championship on Sunday and still managed to miss this slip in censorship from NBC's coverage. As Matt Kuchar strolled down the 18th on his way to the most significant victory in his professional career, playing partner Kevin Na found himself to the right of the fairway on the cartpath. Na had lost the lead earlier in the day...
40 second mark. Johnny Miller drops an 's-bomb' following Kevin Na's shot on 18 at the Player's Championship.
Johnny was probably just shocked that Na hit the damn ball.
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Kevin Na was bothering people all weekend with his tick, but this was the shot of the day, and it drew out a little cussing on air by an NBC commentator. Oops. Oh well. H/T Business Insider
Matt Kuchar may be the Jimmy Stewart of golf, but beneath the perpetual smiles and aw-shucks disposition lays a steely competitor.
Just how tough was demonstrated on Sunday, when he overcome not just the usual barriers standing in the way to one of the game's biggest prizes, The Players, but Kevin Na, too. Na, as the world has come to discover -- to its horror -- over the past...
Matt Kuchar won the 2012 Players Championship with a final round of 70 and finished 13-under for the tournament.
Kuchar was confident and consistent throughout the tournament at the TPC at Sawgrass golf course. This is his fourth career win and the first in two years.
Kevin Na who led the tournament going into the final round struggled on Sunday shooting a 76 to end up seventh...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer In more peaceful times, when Tiger Woods had gone six months without losing and golf seemed to revolve around him, he ended a monthly newsletter with a rare trip to the soap box to complain about the pace of play on the PGA Tour.
''Before I go, I would like to talk about slow play,'' Woods wrote. ''It...
The only complaint about Matt Kuchar was not winning enough. He picked up a big one Sunday in The Players Championship.
Kuchar avoided the big mistakes that slowed so many other contenders - starting with Kevin Na - and kept out of the water on the TPC Sawgrass at the end. He closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory.
It was the fourth career win for Kuchar, and his first...
Tiger Woods on Friday played like a man who wasn't going to miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his professional career.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy played like a man who's still dazed and confused when it comes to architect Pete Dye's idiosyncratic TPC Sawgrass layout.
McIlroy has yet to play the weekend in three trips to The Players and left scratching his head...
If you caught any of The Players this past weekend, you no doubt saw and heard the brouhaha regarding how long it took for Kevin Na to hit a golf shot. One of the biggest problems the PGA Tour faces in terms of how attractive their televised product is, is in regards to slow play. While this [...]
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