1. Kevin Na was born in Seoul, South Korea on September 15th, 1983.
2. Eventually, at the age of eight he and his family would move to California and he became an American citizen at the age of 18. He told PGATour.com; “My mother is an American citizen, and so when I turned 18 — I was born in Korea, so when I turned 18 I basically had a choice. I could become an American citizen or stay a Korean citizen, and I chose to be an American citizen and so I just filled out the paperwork and got it in the mail.”
3. Na would leave his high-school, Diamond Bar High School, at the age of 17 to focus on his golf career.
4. Na took up the game of golf when he was nine years old.
5. His wife is called Julianne and they have been married since 2016.
6. He and his wife have three children together called Sophia, Leo and Logan.
7. Na has had five PGA Tour victories. His first came in 2011 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and his most recent came at the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii.
8. Na famously had a 16 on one par-4 during the 2011 Valero Texas Open. What gets forgotten though is that despite being 12-over par on one hole, he shot an 80 which means he played the rest of his round in four-under.
9. Na has made over $33 million during his career so far.
10. He appeared in a January 2010 episode of "CSI: Las Vegas" on CBS along with Rocco Mediate, Duffy Waldorf, Gary McCord and David Feherty.
11. His best world ranking to date is 19th.
12. He and his family currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
13. After winning the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge, Na won a 1973 Dodge Challenger, which he promptly gave to his caddie.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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