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Oct
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under General

That's what euphoria looks like after eight years of patience

After Kevin Na rolled in a seven-footer for par on 18 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he raised his arms in the air and hollered for joy (as shown in the photo above). During his 18th-green-victory interview, he fought back tears, saying he had “nightmares about finishing second” in the past, but after eight years of trying, he’s finally won a PGA Tour event.

I’ll be honest — I felt some chills up my spine and goosebumps from seeing the raw emotions of a teen prodigy who turned pro at 17 and probably thought he’d experience this moment a lot sooner. I don’t have time to find the words to describe it, but simply, Na’s reaction is one of the reasons we watch and love competition and sports.

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Oct
2
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Whoopsies!

Kevin Na is tied for the lead with Nick Watney at -17 through 54 holes at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Vegas, but the most-talked-about swing he made all day is the tee shot on par-4 15th.

At first glance, it may have seemed like Na whiffed his drive, but it was pretty obvious he had no intention of hitting the ball. (I mean, c’mon, he’s not going to miss the ball by a foot.) Instead, he didn’t feel comfortable with his backswing, but he couldn’t stop the club, either, so he pulled out and intentionally missed the shot. Apparently, it’s a frequent occurrence for Na.

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