Despite introducing a new, more compact pre-shot routine this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Kevin Na and his playing partners were put on the clock midway through their second round Friday.
'We were in position all day,' Na said, according to Golf World. 'We were waiting the first few holes. I'm constantly looking where we are in position.'
The group was placed on the clock after teeing off at the ninth. Na did not feel the group ahead of them was out of reach.
'After I putted on the hole I called them over and said, 'Look, we're in position, we shouldn't be on the clock,'' he said.
Na bogeyed the ninth and added two more at Nos. 12 and 14 before rallying late to shoot 71 and make the cut at 1 over par.
While declining comment when asked if he felt singled out by officials, Na was clearly unhappy to be put on the clock again.
'We shouldn't be on the clock,' he said. 'We did have a bad hole (at No. 8). We might have been a couple minutes behind. All they have to do is say, 'Hey bud, you were doing fine and it looks like you had one bad hole, we'll give you a hole to catch up, make sure you don't lose that group in front of you.' There is plenty of that out here on Tour but it just wasn't the case today and I was a little upset. Walking off 10, Aaron and I were talking and Aaron totally agreed with what I had to say. None of us were slow.'
Combined with getting put on the clock at The Players, falling out of position this week may cost Na some money. If a player is part of a group put on the clock more than nine times in a year, they are fined $20,000 by the PGA Tour.
When asked, the Tour wouldn't release Na's current tally.