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Na's runner-up consolation prize: U.S. Open berth

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DUBLIN, Ohio – As consolation prizes go, Kevin Na was more than happy to take the high road following his runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament.

Despite losing to Hideki Matsuyama on the first playoff hole Sunday at Muirfield Village, Na’s runner-up showing was worth 38.4 World Golf Ranking points which will be more than enough to vault him into the top 60 and qualify him for this month’s U.S. Open.

The top 60 in the World Golf Ranking on June 9 are exempt into the year’s second major.

Na, who began the week 70th in the world, was one of 60 players from the Memorial field signed up to play Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

“I have to take all the positives. I just got myself into the U.S. Open. That's a big step, obviously,” said Na, who will move into the top 50 in the ranking on Monday. “This will probably get me back inside of top 50 in the world again. After I got hurt last year, it's nice to be probably back in the top 50.”