PGA Tour

Watch Kevin Na make hitting this fairway wood off a concrete cart path look way too easy

By Ryan Herrington
Kevin Na hit only seven of 14 fairways on Saturday en route to shooting a third-round 61 at the Sony Open in Hawaii that left him two strokes back of leader Brendan Steele with 18 holes remaining. Presumably, then, he’s not one to worry about failing to find the short grass off the tee, a trait that came in handy on the opening hole Sunday at Waialae.

Teeing it up with Steele and Joaquin Niemann in the last group off the first hole, a tricky 491-yard par 4, Na pulled his opening drive well left of the fairway, the ball eventually coming to rest on a cart path that runs down the hole.

Given where the ball ended up, Na could have taken relief left of the path. Yet presumably that would have left him with a more precarious shot then he had if he just played it off the path. We say presumably because Na elected to play the ball as it lied, taking out a fairway wood and doing this.

Just how much swagger does Na possess? Well, look at him walking the shot in second after hitting it just like he does with his putts on the green.

What the video doesn’t show is the fact that Na hit the ball 211 yards off the deck on the concrete. It wasn’t far enough to reach the green, but it was safely in a front bunker where Na was able to safe get up and down to save par. On the next hole, he made a birdie to cut Steele’s lead to one. Before the day was over, Na would make four birdies over his final six holes to shoot a 65 and win the tournament, his fifth career PGA Tour title.

What the video did show is the fact that tour pros are NOT just like us, that they can play shots ordinary golfers wouldn’t dream of.


Golf Digest Middle East

Launched in 2008, Golf Digest Middle East is the #1 golf magazine in the region, featuring local content and exclusive articles from the world's leading professionals

Facebook Comments

Check Also

PGA of America to permit distance-measuring devices during play at its 2021 championships

The PGA of America will permit the use of distance-measuring devices during play in its 2021 major championships, including the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island (May 20-23).