Na records PGA Tour-record 16 at Texas Open

Kevin Na looks at his lie on the eighth hole during the first round of the Texas Open.
Kevin Na looks at his lie on the eighth hole during the first round of the Texas Open. ( Associated Press )

Friday, April 15, 2011

SAN ANTONIO – Kevin Na will remember the ninth hole at the Texas Open for a long time.

Na set a new low Thursday for the worst par-4 hole in the PGA Tour record books, shooting a 16 with a nightmarish sequence of shots.

His problems included an unplayable lie from the tee, a two-stroke penalty after the ball ricocheted off a tree and struck him, and five consecutive strokes from the woods.

Na ended the first round thinking he shot a 15 on the hole. But another stroke was added after Na reviewed the video replay before signing his scorecard. He finished the round with an 8-over 80.

The worst single-hole score at a PGA Tour event belongs to John Daly, who had an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill in 1998. Ray Ainsley took 19 shots on the par-4 16th hole at Cherry Hills in the 1938 U.S. Open.