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Driver off the deck? Kevin Na explains decision that cost him Frys.com Open

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If you caught the final round of the Frys.com Open, you saw a few unexpected shots from Tour pros (cue Johnny Miller talking about choking).

In fact, Emiliano Grillo, the tournament’s eventual winner, missed a four-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to extend his sudden-death duel with Kevin Na. Jason Bohn also hit one heavy down the stretch, saying “I think I just kind of peeked. Wanted to see where it was going before I made contact. Dumped it and chunked it.”

But “Mr. 16” Kevin Na went with driver off the deck at the second playoff hole to take the cake Sunday. Sidebar: Is driver off the deck ever really a good idea, especially in a high-pressure situation? Regardless, the results of Na’s attempt: A lovely, low, chunked, hooking effort that ended up well short, in the rough, and totally out of position.

Kevin Na Frys.com Open

Rut-roh.

Check out the shot here. 

Here’s what he had to say about it after the round.

Q. Probably hit it left or right and get the ball over to the right and give yourself an angle. What happened?

KEVIN NA: You know, I hit probably five or six drivers off the deck this week. Drove it on 16. Drove this green. Almost drove 9. I’ve hit it perfect every time.

In regulation I missed it in the right spots. The driver is the only club that’s going to get me far enough right, past the front, where I can have an aim to win.

I hit it all the time. I was very confident. Only thing is it was dark. It’s a lot tougher. The ball was above any feet. Maybe I should have hit 3-wood. If I were to go to do it over again I probably would still hit driver.

I don’t know. Just a little unlucky there in the second shot. Driver is the right club. It was a little dark. Probably caught it 16th or 18th of an inch heavy and the club just turned over.

Of course, hooking drivers to lose playoffs is something of a habit for Na now. Remember his pull-hook at the Memorial last year (~2:30 in the video below)?

Oh no...

Oh no…

Bearing all this in mind, considering the situation, what do you think of Na’s decision?

(video, imagery via the PGA Tour’s YouTube Channel).

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  1. Robert

    Oct 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I started a thread once about hitting driver off the deck and the reaction was like I had said the Cleveland VAS irons were the best looking and feeling irons ever made.

    With the lower CG’s, it’s possible to hit them off the deck again. Who’s to say he wouldn’t have chunked a 3 wood? Having the ball above your feet and hitting ANY long club is difficult.

    And just because someone is a great golfer doesn’t mean they can handle being in front of all those people well. Everyone has different personalities and some handle those things well, some don’t. Some learn over the years, some don’t. I wouldn’t ever consider it a fault of a person for reacting badly in that situation and hitting a bad shot. Bad shots happen even without pressure of thousands of people watching.

    Nobody is perfect.

  2. Jay

    Oct 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t care who you are, driver off the deck is never a good option. He should have hit 3 wood.

  3. Steve

    Oct 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I love when they say they would do it the same way, no you wouldn’t. Unless this is a Tin Cup moment. If he had mulligan, he would he 3 wood.

  4. Tom

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I may not agree with the big D off the deck BUT I can’t disagree with his commitment to the shot.

  5. JohnJohn

    Oct 20, 2015 at 12:04 am

    This cat seems to find a way to sabatoge himself. He can’t get out of his own way.

  6. WOB

    Oct 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    “far enough right, past the front, where I can have an aim to win.”

    Uh….. what the heck do you mean? So you were PLANNING to pitch one anyways from wherever it landed to the right of the cup about 60 feet away? So why not lay up and then, hit a perfect wedge to 3 feet or even into the cup a la Zach Johnson and walk away with a win? No confidence in sticking the 100 yard wedge from the fairway but would rather take a chance with a sketchy pitch from a mediocre lie behind the green? Check.

  7. Winmac

    Oct 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    It was a shot that he would have repeated. Didn’t work. Even if he decided to use a pitching wedge, if the shot would pull left, then it would.

    Kudos to Kevin. He seemed to totally enjoyed playing. Even on bad shots.

  8. Josh

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    golfwrx=forever hate kevin na. Someone is going to commit suicide dare he win a tournament

  9. Mats B

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Fully agree with John Figueroa, You play to win the game! Who’ll ever remember anyone who just sticks by….-If he didn’t hit it slightly behind and made it all the way…..It would have been one of his most memorable play off holes and Tournament titles….. 😉

  10. Rwj

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    18th of an inch? Give me a break

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