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October 6 2011

4:55 PM

Na at it again, shares early lead

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The headline story coming into this week’s Frys.com Open is of course Tiger Woods playing for the first time since missing the cut at the PGA Championship and in a Fall Series event for the first time in his career.

Kevin Na is doing his best to steal some of that attention.

Fresh off last week’s win in Las Vegas, Na is tied for the early lead at CordeValle, where he is 3 under after five birdies -- four of them in a row at one point -- and two bogeys through his first eight holes. So Na goes 210 career starts before winning and now he’s in position early to make a run at  a second career win? There’s a long way to go of course but Na is off to a good start.

A  big reason he’s in that position? Because he’s been able to avoid the rough on a wet and chilly morning. So far, he’s hit six fairways and six greens through those first eight holes on the back nine.

“The rough is high,” Na said earlier in the week. “If you hit it in the rough, you're going to be penalized.

“You definitely have to hit some good iron shots because you have to place your ball in a good spot to make putts because the greens are very undulating.”

As for Woods, he won’t tee off until 3:10 p.m. ET off No. 1 with amateur Patrick Cantlay and Louis Oosthuizen.

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