Kevin Na is T5 at the CIMB Classic after 18 holes of play on Thursday, and he was aided by this 116-yard hole-out eagle on the 16th hole. It was a rare chance for a 2-2 on the scorecard after he made birdie at the par-3 15th to get to 5 under. Na finished the day at 6 under overall after making a bogey coming home, but he’s just two back of leader Cameron Smith after Round 1.
“I had 116 yards to the hole. My 54-degree flies probably 110 max,” said Na. “I know it’s running away, pitching away so I had to give it a couple yards extra. Flew it probably 112, 113 and one-hopped. I couldn’t see it, but the group on the other tee, they started going nuts so I knew it was in the hole.”
Na was asked after the round how he can take the momentum into the final 54 holes.
“Game plan? Keep shooting 6 under and I think I’ll be all right,” he said.
I think so, too.