Pro-Golfer Butchers Hole At Texas Open

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Robert Siegel notes the terrible trouble golfer Kevin Na got into Thursday in the Texas Valero Open. He twice landed in the woods and took many strokes to get out — a total of 16 shots. That's the most ever taken to play a par-4 hole in PGA tour history.


Here's a story every Sunday golfer who's ever butchered a hole can appreciate.

Yesterday at the Texas Open, pro golfer Kevin Na was having a pretty good day until the ninth hole, where it all went horribly, horribly wrong.

Mr. KEVIN NA (Professional Golfer): I mean, there's nothing.

Mr. KEVIN HARMS (Caddie): You got nothing, go back to the tee.

SIEGEL: That's Na speaking to his caddie, after his tee shot went into the woods - the first time.

Unidentified Man #1: Ooh, he might be right back in the same spot.

Unidentified Man #2: Oh, my goodness.

SIEGEL: That's right. Na hit it right back into the woods. His next shot hit a tree, bounced back and hit him - that's a penalty. And there he was at the low point of a fine career being scrutinized live on the Golf Channel.

Unidentified Man #2: You can hear the frustration in his voice now.

Unidentified Man #1: Man, he is playing quick too. He is - obviously got the head spinning going on right now.

Unidentified Man #2: We think that was his seventh shot...

Unidentified Man #1: Wow. He moved it...

Unidentified Man #2: ...and still counting

SIEGEL: Na swiped at the ball, appeared to whiff a shot entirely and played at least one shot left-handed.

Unidentified Man #1: We think that - that was 11.

Mr. NA: Oh, come on.

Unidentified Man #2: Yeah.

Unidentified Man #1: And further back in the stuff.

SIEGEL: When Na finally made it back to the fairway, he was greeted with a smattering of applause.

Unidentified Man #1: Finally.

Unidentified Man #2: Oh, my goodness.

(Soundbite of applause)

Unidentified Man #1: With his 12th shot, we think.

SIEGEL: And with the realization that he and his caddie had completely lost count.

Mr. HARMS: I have no idea what you have.

Mr. NA: I don't know. How are we going to count all the shots? Can't keep track.

Mr. HARMS: Well, they got it on tape, so they just have to go back and count it.

SIEGEL: By the time Kevin Na holed out, his grand total was 16 strokes, an ignominious record of sorts. It is the most ever taken to play a par-four hole in PGA Tour history.

But to Kevin Na's credit, not an expletive worse than: Oh, come on.

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