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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 25 Kevin Na

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.


No. 25: Kevin Na

Born: Sept. 15, 1983, Seoul, South Korea | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,820,766 (26th) | World Ranking: 25

Gary Williams' Take: Na jumpstarted his new season with two seconds and a third in the wraparound portion of the ’15-16 season. However, he received no Ryder Cup points for those finishes, because the Ryder Cup task force decided not to award points in Tour events, other than the HSBC Champions event, until the calendar turned. Na is easily one of the most fascinating players on Tour to watch. His reputation of being slow is quite deserved, but his ability to overcome a seemingly nervous condition and quietly become one of the most consistent players on Tour is a testament to his talent and determination. His ball striking stats are average, but he was first on Tour in sand save percentage and ranks consistently among the best putters on Tour. Despite being ranked 159th in driving distance in 2015, he was 17th in scoring average, and he plays a lot of events, starting 27 times last season. Any player who gets to the Tour Championship is performing at a very high level. His presence on the USA Ryder Cup team would be must-watch TV, because he’s a high wire act on a regular Thursday afternoon on Tour, and I could only imagine his emotions in that environment.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts
: 22
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T12
    U.S. Open – T46
    British Open – T58
    PGA Championship – Cut
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T12 (2012, '15)
    U.S. Open - T12 (2014)
    British Open – T27 (2010)
    PGA Championship - T10 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Top-25 Finishes: 4
Missed Cuts: 10

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