The PGA Tour Record No One Wants to Break

Trees. Poet Robert Frost loved them, but my guess is Tour pro Kevin Na will not be such a big fan.

Kevin Na made golf history Thursday at the Valero Texas Open when he recorded the highest score on a par-4 in the long and sometimes ugly history of the PGA Tour. Na’s final tally? Sixteen.

But really, who hasn’t been there?

Na first hit his tee shot into an unplayable lie to start things badly.

Done that.

It took him five attempts at ricochets off trees to get out of the woods.

Done that.

But where he really broke new ground was when he hit it off a tree and back into himself for a 2-stroke penalty.

Never done that.

I have to say that I’ve never made a 16, but the only reason is because I would have picked up around 9.

Despite these travails, Na can actually take something away form his rood. The blowup happened on the ninth hole, halfway through, and could have easily left him shaken, but instead he immediately rallied, and fired a stunning -4 on the other 17 holes to leave himself with an 80, not exactly great by Tour standards, but far from the worst in history and far better than one might expect with a 12 over on one hole.

Shooting 80 on a PGA Tour tournament course?

Never done that. And I never will.

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