NBC, Golf Channel comments on Na


Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC analysts commented on Kevin Na’s third round of play on Saturday at The Players Championship.

NBC on-air discussion while Na stood over his tee shot at 14 during NBC’s live telecast:

Dan Hicks: 'He is struggling, this is amazing.'

Roger Maltbie: 'And then just rifles it in the center of the fairway.'

Peter Jacobsen:  'That is just unbelievable.'

Hicks: 'I don’t get it, I just don’t get it.'

Johnny Miller:  'I feel bad for him. I mean really, it is embarrassing to him.  It’s not like he wants to do this.'

Peter Jacobsen: 'No, he doesn’t want to do it, he just needs a trigger to get going. That’s why he makes that exaggerated waggle I think, because at some point his brain says, ‘OK, I’m going right now.’'

Miller: 'He was going to be remembered for his 16 [at the Valero Texas Open], but now he is going to be remembered for this.'

Live From the Players (Golf Channel, 7-9 p.m. ET)

Golf Channel analysts Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo and Golf Channel on NBC analysts Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch commented on Na’s third round during Live From The Players on Golf Channel (7-9 p.m. ET)

Brandel Chamblee: “We hear guys talking about needing swing coaches, sports psychologists, fitness instructors or changing managers.  He needs an exorcist.  I half expect winged bulls to fly out of his head when he is standing over a shot.  I’m not sure if Sigmund Freud were alive he could figure this one out.  But the fact is he hits marvelous shots.  It is almost like all of the angst is unjustified.”

Frank Nobilo: “It is such an unusual rhythm and a round of golf.  You feel for the guy doing it, but you want to say, ‘Come on, let’s just go,’ and the guy can’t move.”

Roger Maltbie: “It is so amazing to watch him struggle to get the club back from the ball and make a backswing.  And then you will hear him yell at himself and all of a sudden he just stripes it.  He hit so many good quality shots after having to call off the shot – so to speak – a number of times.  I don’t know how he is doing it, I’ll be honest. It is amazing.”

Gary Koch: “I certainly can’t remember anything like it.  Obviously you see players back off shots when they are uncomfortable but they tend go back to their pre-shot routine, whatever that may be.  The interesting thing to me about Kevin Na was how he was able, in midstream, just get back over the ball and continually hit good shots.  You would think the results would not be very good.”