LIV Golf pro FORCED OUT of 2023 Masters

LIV Golf League player Kevin Na has withdrawn from the 2023 Masters, with the 39-year-old pictured looking thoroughly miserable at Augusta National.

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Thu, 6 Apr 2023
LIV Golf pro FORCED OUT of 2023 Masters

LIV Golf's Kevin Na was forced to withdraw from the 2023 Masters through illness. 

Na, who joined LIV Golf during its inaugural season in 2022, was playing in the very first group this morning at Augusta with former Masters champion Mike Weir. 

Na was 4-over through the front nine before withdrawing at the turn. 

His first round at the 2023 Masters began with a double-bogey six. He made two birdies and four bogeys across his next eight holes before tapping out of the tournament. 

Augusta National later confirmed that he had withdrawn through illness. A video later surfaced of Na looking thoroughly miserable.

Only 24 hours earlier he took part in the annual Masters Par 3 Contest and was grinning ear-to-ear in the family affair. 

His playing partner, Weir, went 1-under on his front nine. 

Weir won the tournament back in 2003, becoming the first Canadian man to win a major championship. Now 20 years later, the 52-year-old is still the only man from Canada to have earned a major.

This week, he's joined in the field by three other Canadians: Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, and Adam Svensson. 

Na was one of 18 - now down to 17 - LIV players in the Masters field this week and was making his 12th appearance playing at Augusta.

His best previous finish at the major was a tie for 12th, which he's finished on three separate occasions (2012, 2015, 2021). 

Since joining LIV, the 39-year-old has struggled to find success on his new tour.

He joined the league ahead of its inaugural London tournament in June 2022, but has only registered one top-10 finish through nine completed tournaments.

Last week in Orlando, he finished 23rd.  

One of his team-mates, Sihwan Kim, has registered a truly shocking score-to-par this season. 

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