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Kevin Na and Dustin Johnson involved in tense encounter over conceded putt

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There’s something about match play that always seems to bring about drama, and that was certainly the case on Friday in Austin as Kevin Na confronted Dustin Johnson on the 11th green.

Johnson lipped out his birdie putt to win the hole, and following the disappointment, scooped up his ball from inside a foot believing it was good. However, there had been no official concession from Na, who still had inside three feet for his halve on the hole.

This led to Na chasing down DJ at the edge of the green to make his point about Johnson picking up his ball without being told it’s good yet, where the 37-year-old warned the World Number One: “I know it’s this close, but you still have to wait until I say something.”

An already eliminated Na went on to dump DJ out of the event by birdieing the final two holes, which included a fist-pump on 17 followed by his patented early walk on his putt on 18. The fist-bump between the two, it’s worth noting, involved Johnson not looking at Na once.

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Following his round, Na elaborated on what had happened on the 11th green:

“He had six inches, and obviously it’s good, but I hadn’t said anything, and he whacked it,” Na said. “And I was like – I froze there and looked at [his caddie] Kenny, and I wasn’t going to say ‘that’s a penalty, you’re going to lose the hole. I was going to say, ‘you know what, that was good anyway.’ I didn’t want to be over that putt and be thinking about that.

So I called him over, and I said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to take the hole from you, but I just want to let you know before I said something you whacked the ball. But I’m going to give that putt to you, so we’ll call it a half and go to the next hole.

That’s what we did. I think it’s the right thing to do. I don’t want to say — we all know he can make a six-inch putt, so I think I did the right thing.”

Like he said, Na was fully entitled to claim the hole as his win, as Matt Kuchar did following a similar incident against Sergio Garcia back in 2019.

The reaction to the incident was mixed on social media, but Na had his backers amongst his peers on Friday evening, with Jon Rahm telling media on Friday regarding the concession of putts:

“I try to say it loud and clear before they get to the ball. But, you know, even if it’s something that I was going to give to them and they do (what Johnson did), I would just tell them the same thing, ‘Hey, next time just wait for me so you don’t get in trouble.’

If it’s something like that, I would have done exactly the same thing Kevin Na would have done.”

Following his elimination, Johnson declined to comment and will now head to the Valero Texas Open, which he has opted to play following a late entry.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jordan Spieth

    Mar 30, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Na has every right here.

    Just remember that little putt to go to a playoff in the 2015 US Open…

  2. Majduffer

    Mar 29, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    This issue seems to rise at every match play event both on the LPGA and PGA tours. If there is a rules official on the hole then if he/she sees the breech of not conceding the put then they should immediately call the penalty. How many times have we seen pros miss a very short putt. The way Kevin handled it though was sorta grandstanding since cameras were on them. HE did not need to call him back to the green in front of the cameras. He could have commented on the way to the next tee.

  3. P

    Mar 28, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Na did what he is supposed to do, call out DJ for his mistake. DJ’s lack of manners after makes me wish Na had taken the hole. I like watching DJ, but he dropped a few points here. Karma bit his @#$ and he is out.

  4. G

    Mar 28, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    This is DJs answer to a rules official

    Young called Johnson and asked what happened.

    “He said, ‘It was a little bit breezy and I hit the putt and I started walking and I thought I heard Kevin say, That’s good,’” Young said

    Why did he say that a couple of days later and not on the same day?
    Sounds like it took a bit of time to make up an excuse for a dumb reaction.
    These guys are Pros, they all know the rules.

  5. Bob

    Mar 27, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Kevin is a tool. And the last person to act like a tool before Kevin is the biggest tool and cheapest dude on tour, Matt doucher, I mean kuchar. It really makes sense these two were mentioned in the same article.

  6. @$%!

    Mar 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Na’s a punk.

  7. T

    Mar 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I think what Na did is fine. What DJ probably didn’t like was being called all the way back over across the green to be “taught a lesson” like he’s a child.

    • Allen J Wood

      Mar 29, 2021 at 9:40 am

      One way to settle all this . Have every player hole out just like in stroke play, end of issue!

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Inside Bryson’s wonderfully whacky Saturday night ‘bro session’ 

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Bryson DeChambeau didn’t advance to the knockout stages of last week’s WGC Match Play, but if you think that meant a weekend off for the 27-year-old, then think again.

In a likely tongue-in-cheek ‘bro session’ video uploaded to TikTok, DeChambeau is seen working out with his friends, and they don’t hold back, with the Californian using his 2020 U.S. Open trophy as motivation.

Check out the video below.

It’s a sneak peak into the workout habits of Bryson and it looks as if him and his friends get as much fun out of the intense sessions as possible. In an interview with Men’s Health last year, DeChambeau revealed how tough his workout sessions are, saying:

“If I trained in the mornings, I wouldn’t be able to go out and play golf that day. I play golf, and then I see working out in the evening as my way of taking care of any aches or pains that need fixing.”

The next time Bryson will tee it up will be at Augusta National, where he’ll be looking to get his hands on the green jacket for the first time.

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‘Shut it!’ – Paul Casey puts disrespectful spectator in his place

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The fans were out in force over the past week in Austin and with it a heckler who made a terrible decision to interrupt Paul Casey over a shot.

During the first round of matches, footage has emerged of the Englishman backing off a shot before a visibly irritated Casey turns to a spectator in the crowd and says:

“Oy mate, shut it, pal. He (caddie Mark Fulcher) asked you nicely a minute ago. Now I’m asking you. Shut it. Okay?”

Fulcher then adds, “It’s the last time we ask, otherwise you’re out of here. And I’ll be looking forward to sending you actually.” to which Casey says to the spectator “He will, so shut it”, before Fulcher finishes by saying: “I don’t know why you’re smirking because it’s not big and it’s not clever.”

The incident can be seen below.

 

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Casey ended the tournament with a win, loss, and a halve to exit the group stages of the event.

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How much each player won at the 2021 Dell Technologies Match Play

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Billy Horschel outlasted everyone to win the WGC Match Play in Austin, and it secured the American a payday of $1.82 million. Scottie Scheffler didn’t have his best game in Sunday’s final, but it was a very positive week for the 24-year-old who cashes the runner-up check worth $1.15 million.

With a total prize purse of $10.5 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

1: Billy Horschel, $1,820,000

2: Scottie Scheffler, $1,150,000

3: Matt Kuchar, $740,000

4: Victor Perez, $600,000

Quarterfinals (T5)

Tommy Fleetwood, $337,000

Sergio Garcia, $3.37,000

Jon Rahm, $337,000

Brian Harman, $337,000

Round of 16 (T9)

Dylan Frittelli, $189,000

Kevin Streelman, $189,000

Mackenzie Hughes, $189,000

Robert MacIntyre, $189,000

Ian Poulter, $189,000

Erik von Rooyen, $189,000

Bubba Watson, $189,000

Jordan Spieth, $189,000

17th (2.5 points in group stage)

Ryan Palmer, $144,000

T18 (2 points)

Kevin Kisner, $113,700

Max Homa, $113,700

Antoine Rozner, $113,700

Xander Schauffele, $113,700

Joaquin Niemann, $113,700

Lee Westwood, $113,700

Patrick Cantlay, $113,700

Abraham Ancer, $113,700

Daniel Berger, $113,700

Matt Fitzpatrick, $113,700

T28 (1.5 points)

Dustin Johnson, $75,000

Adam Long, $75,000

J.T. Poston, $75,000

Patrick Reed, $75,000

Matt Wallace, $75,000

Webb Simpson, $75,000

Paul Casey, $75,000

Rory McIlroy, $75,000

Cameron Smith, $75,000

Tony Finau, $75,000

Will Zalatoris, $75,000

Matthew Wolff, $75,000

Marc Leishman, $75,000

Russell Henley, $75,000

T42 (1 point)

Kevin Na, $47,571.43

Justin Thomas, $47,571.43

Shane Lowry, $47,571.43

Bryson DeChambeau, $47,571.43

Jason Day, $47,571.43

Andy Sullivan, $47,571.42

Carlos Ortiz, $47,571.43

Hideki Matsuyama, $47,571.43

Jason Kokrak, $47,571.43

Bernd Wiesberger, $47,571.43

Viktor Hovland, $47,571.43

Harris English, $47,571.43

Brendon Todd, $47,571.42

Sungjae Im, $47,571.43

T56 (.5 points)

Collin Morikawa, $38,000

Si Woo Kim, $38,000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, $38,000

Tyrrell Hatton, $38,000

Talor Gooch, $38,000

T61 (0 points)

Louis Oosthuizen, $35,750

Sebastian Munoz, $35,750

Lanto Griffin, $35,750

Corey Conners, $35,750

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