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Kevin Na Makes Bid For First Career Title

Posted April. 16, 2007 03:01,   


Kevin Na (23, Cobra Golf, Korean name: Na Sang-wook) is looking forward to his first career win on the PGA Tour.

Ranked fifth after the second round, Kevin Na reduced his score by five strokes with seven birdies and two bogeys, ascending to second place together with South African Ernie Els in the Verizon Heritage Open held at Harbour Town Golf Links (Par 71,) Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Na is currently 12 under and 201 strokes after 54 holes.

Na is only a stroke behind Jerry Kelly (U.S.A.). Ernie Els, who had the lead up until the day before, lingered in the third round, shooting even par.

Ever since yielding the championship in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson to Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) in February 2005, Na has been waiting for two years for another chance. Although his performance has been stagnant this season after missing the cut three times in six tournaments, he is doing well this time, showing more stable putts. Together with Kelly and Els, Na will play in the final group in the fourth round and challenge to be the second Korean PGA Tour tourney winner this year after Choi Kyung-ju.

Kelly took the lead after the first round after marking a lucky hole-in-one at the par-3 200-yard fourth hole. The tee shot struck with a 4-iron bounced off the green and dropped into the hole.

Zach Johnson (U.S.A), who enjoyed an unexpected triumph in the Masters last week, is in fifth place after shooting a 9 under 204, while Anthony Kim (22, Nike Golf) ranked 34th with a score of 2 under 211.