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Golf Australia Express : Issue 14
No penalty stroke was invoked because a rules official deemed Na had no intention of actually hitting the ball on his downswing—in other words, he effectively pulled out of the shot. Nevertheless, the vision of this hacker-esque attempt got tongues wagging in all golf circles. It wasn’t the first time he’s played— or rather not played—a stroke over the top of a ball. In fact, Na himself says he backs out of swings “all the time”. And it’s this continual backing away or pulling out mid- swing that has far from endeared him to a golf public that abhors slow play—particularly from professionals. Aside from his much-publicised slow play, Na’s career has been plagued with controversy, much of it being created in the confines between his left and right ears. If ever there was proof that golf was a mental game, try and watch Na play a full round. That said, few could honestly take Na’s maiden PGA Tour win away from him. In eight years on Tour and heading to the Shriners he’d played in 211 events, had just three runner- ups and five third-place finishes. In fact, he was one of only three Tour players to have won $10 million in career prizemoney without securing a win. Now that that elusive monkey is off his back, Na will have some positive thoughts to call upon at the top of his backswing. And let’s hope for the sake of golf he can muster them often. OTG IT’S BEEN A MIXED YEAR FOR NA. HIS MAIDEN PGA TOUR WIN (RIGHT) CAME NEARLY 6 MONTHS AFTER HE CARDED A 16 ON ONE HOLE AT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN (FAR RIGHT). SEE NEXT PAGE TO RE-LIVE THAT HORROR HOLE.