Born: September 15, 1983
Height: 5 ft, 11 in
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Turned Pro: 2001
Kevin Na was born in South Korea. His family moved to the United States when Na was 8 years old. Na played golf year round in southern California and became good enough at the sport to leave after his junior year in high school and turn professional.
He began playing on the Asian tour and got his first professional win at the 2002 Volvo Masters of Asia.
Na earned a PGA tour card for the 2004 season and was able to record two top fives in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
A hand injury interrupted Na’s 2006 campaign for six months. He came back and played on the Nationwide Tour and won his first pro event, the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. Na relied on a medical exemption for the 2007 season.
In 2008, Na continued to earn enough money to retain his tour card. He again contended in a few tournaments and earned two more top fives that season.
Na’s breakout year on the PGA occurred in 2009. He finished 5th at the Sony Hawaii Open. He finished in 3rd place at the Tournament’s Player Club Championship at Sawgrass and in the FBR Open. Na ended the year with 9 top ten finishes and 19th place on the PGA Tour money list.
In 2011, after 8 years and 211 PGA starts, Na captured his first PGA title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. Na’s win is an example of how dogged persistence can pay off. Earlier that season, Kevin recorded a score of 16 on a par 4 at the Texas Valero Open, the worst score on a par 4 since the PGA began keeping statistics.
Na has continued to play well since then, finishing 20th on the money list in 2014. Through May of 2015, Na has won more than $2,000,000 and is ranked 21st in the Official World Golf Rankings.