September 27, 2010
There's some kind of weird conventional-wisdom thing going around that Tiger Woods is the only golfer who's ever dishonored the game of golf with his outbursts on the course, that he's singlehandedly bringing the game down because of his temper. Not so, as Kevin Na proved Sunday afternoon.
Na began the day 4-under par, a mere four strokes behind leader Jim Furyk. And for five holes, all went well enough. But a double-bogey on six started the rattle on the Na Express.
A few birdies and bogeys later, Na stood on the 16th tee at 2-under, out of the hunt for the win but certainly alive for posting a valid top-5 finish. But then everything fell apart once and for all.
Na bogeyed the 16th and double-bogeyed the 17th, and had a monstrous tantrum on the 18th tee. A bit of journalistic honesty here -- during Na's tantrum, I was out on the course slogging around with Jim Furyk's crew and didn't actually see the TV broadcast. But Twitter exploded with commentary on Na, and not in a good way.
"He was visibly upset, wasn't he?" Paul Casey said. So, TV viewers, give us your take -- what did you think of Na's outburst? Warranted? Acceptable? A sign of the impending golf apocalypse? Give us all the sordid details.