Kevin Na is a two-time Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champ. The Las Vegas resident got it done in 2011 and added to his trophy case again last year.
Overall, the 37 year old has nine starts at TPC Summerlin. Na’s made six starts with two missed cuts and a withdrawal.
“I think the big key is distance control here because the ball goes further out here. Some of the guys have trouble adjusting to that,” Na was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2012. “But if you live out here you know how far your ball is flying, so it’s easier to club yourself with the irons. That’s a big edge on everybody else in the field. If I was honest put my money on the guys, if you gave me a handful of guys to pick, I would pick all the local guys.”
Both wins saw him come within a shot of the tournament record 260 (-24). In 2011, he fired 67-63-66-65 to win his first event by two. Last year was 68-62-61-70 to reach a playoff against Patrick Cantlay. Na’s Saturday 61 in 2019 was also a shot off the course record.
Last year he putted the lights out, gaining a whopping 14.176 strokes on the greens to lead the field. His 558 feet, 11 inches of putts set the PGA Tour 72-hole record. He’s truly one of the game’s best with the flat stick. Na ranked fifth last season in SG (.693).
He’s not a long hitter but can get some rollout on his drives to make up for it.
Na has three top-10s in 2020 but has cooled down a bit in the last month or so. The Shriners is just the right place to get him back rolling.