AUGUSTA, Ga. – Kevin Na is all too familiar with big numbers.
You’ll remember he made a 16 two years ago on the ninth hole at the Valero Texas Open. The score that day was originally listed as a 15 but Na reviewed the lengthy stretch and realized it was a 16. He shot 8-over 80 that day.
Na hit double digits again Sunday at the Masters when he made a 10 on the par-3 12th hole in the final round. Na hit three balls into Rae’s Creek, which flows in front of the hole. On his fourth attempt Na hit the ball back left of the green. He failed to get up and down, then ultimately two-putted for 10.
After he picked the ball out of the hole he laughingly tipped his cap to the Augusta National patrons.
'Yeah, I mean, it happens,' Na said. 'I went for the flag – obviously you're not supposed to, but I'm back of the field, trying to make a birdie, maybe a 1. I hit a bad shot and I wanted to try it again and hit another bad one. And there was no point in me going to the drop zone. Trying to pull of a shot like that is maybe a little low percentage, but I got nothing to lose.'
Na wasn't the only one to meet disaster at the 12th. Defending champion Bubba Watson also put three balls in the creek and also made a 10.
“If you’re not going to win you have to get in the record books somehow – double digits on a par 3,” said Watson, who began his struggles with a 9-iron into the creek and needed to convert a 15-footer for his 10.