The first round of the US Open major on June 17 recorded Kevin Na almost holding the flag to mark the 16th hole after the phase of the ball was thrown into the sky.
The 16th hole is a par3, 192 yards long (1 yard or 0.9 meters). Na plays 173 yards into the thick, high rough on the left of the green while the flag is on the same side, near the edge of the hole. In order to get close to the target 18.2 meters away in this situation, Na has to put the ball up high, almost like “bombing” and very accurate.
After the second lob wedge, the ball landed on the edge of the green and then stopped 0.9 meters from the hole.
USGA recorded Na hit 17.3 meters in this shot. The Korean-American golfer then finished at par.
“Look. That owl or not. He’s stuck on the mound like that and still holding the flag like Phil Mickelson?”, commentator Curt Byrum exclaimed above. Golf Channel while watching Na come out.
“The ball flies about 100 yards in the air, but travels only about 20 yards,” estimates Byrum’s colleague Justin Leonard.
The US Open 2021 will take place on the South court, par71 in the 36-hole Torrey Pines complex in San Diego. This course consists of four par3 holes, three par5 holes, the rest par4.
On the opening day, Na started from hole 1, each half round was a birdie, two bogey and a double bogey. In the first match of the tournament, he reached 284.7 yards at two points, and the organizers recorded the average distance of the first hole. During the whole leg, Na hit eight fairways, went to the green according to the 7-hole standard and used 28 strokes.
Na was born in 1983, has won five PGA Tour championships over 20 years of playing professionally. He has attended the US Open nine times, including the seventh highest overall in 2016.
With a score of +6 after the first 18 holes of this period – the 121st period, Na temporarily stood at T129 because there were 36 opponents who had not finished the round but had to stop because it was dark – the result of being 90 minutes late to the opening compared to the scheduled time because thick fog in the morning.
The top of the table right now belongs to Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen at -4. World number one golfer Dustin Johnson reached even par, while defending champion Bryson DeChambeau +2.
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