Men's Golf

Kevin Na Abused, Taunted at Players Championship and That's Not Right

Kevin Na endured endless taunts on Sunday.
Kevin Na endured endless taunts on Sunday.Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMay 14, 2012

It was probably the worst big-time golf event behavior in recent memory.

It was rude, crude and simply something that shouldn't happen at an event like the Players Championship.

The PGA Tour has long pushed its own little mini-major as the "fifth" major, but it simply is not that. All it had on Sunday was major bad behavior from the galleries that targeted Kevin Na.

Yeah, Kevin Na's got a problem, and he admits it. He knows, he's aware, he desperately wants to get rid of it but for now, he's seemingly stuck with it. "It" being the fact that he's having trouble pulling the trigger on his golf swing.

He knows it's awful, we all know it's awful, but this is a guy who didn't deserve what he got. On Saturday, maybe, as he held Zach Johnson hostage out there for nearly five hours, but not on Sunday.

On Sunday he got it start to near-finish, but they finally gave him a huge blast when he watered down his tee shot at the par-three 13th. The crowds sang one of those "Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, hey, hey, hey, good-bye," choruses that were invented at high school basketball games a zillion years ago.

Nah took himself out of the championship picture with bogeys on four of the final five holes on the front nine that added up to 39, and for all intents and purposes, he was done. Give him credit for busting his butt to make sure he didn't slow down smiling Matt Kuchar. They finished in position and Na stayed out of the way.

Too bad the hecklers didn't.

It was bad enough that you could hear them screaming at him with the television cameras rolling.

That, ladies and gentleman, is as bad as it gets.

The sad thing with all of this is that if you ask around, you'll hear that Kevin Na is a nice guy. He didn't always have this trouble; it's seemingly developed this season. Two years ago at the Transitions, we watched him and he was fine.

"I deserve it," Na said after his ordeal, refusing to blame the bozos that had their way with him.

He took the high road, the gentlemanly thing to do.

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