On Sunday at the Memorial, Kevin Na shot the best round of the day -- an 8-under 64. But after sitting and waiting for nearly two hours to find out that he had earned a spot in a playoff, Na hit his first ball into the water.
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Even though he eventally went out and hit some balls on the range, whatever sharpness Na had earlier had completely disappeared by the time he teed up his ball for the playoff.
Amateurs sometimes find themselves in similar situations on the course. Perhaps there's a delay for inclement weather or lightning. It seems like every course has at least one hole where foursomes find themselves backed up on the tee. Or it could even be just a busy day and the pace of play slows dramatically.
So what can you learn about staying sharp and focused when facing long delays on the course?
Gary Fredenburg, a PGA teaching professional at The Orchard Golf and Country Club in Clarkesville, Ga., watched the tournament on television, and said Na didn't appear to approach the playoff with the same intensity that he had shown earlier in the day.
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