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October 13 2013

6:52 PM

Na plays well in first start since April

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Kevin Na closed with consecutive 64s at the Open, his first TOUR start since April.

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The Open was Kevin Na's first start since the Masters in April. Bulging discs in his back forced him to sit out the majority of the 2013 season. 

The 2013-14 season is off to a good start for the one-time PGA TOUR winner, though. Na shot consecutive 64s on the weekend at CordeValle Golf Club to post 14-under 270 (75-67-64-64); he was two shots behind co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka when he completed play.

"It's nice to be back, especially to get off to a good start," Na said. "I felt great coming into the weekend and I just tore it up. I hit it really good, putted great. I'm very happy."

Na did rehab for approximately 2 1/2 months in his native Korea after the Masters. He made one rehab start on the Tour -- finishing 65th in last month's Hotel Fitness Championship, the first event of the Tour Finals -- before the Open. 

Na will return to familiar grounds next week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The host site, TPC Summerlin, is his home course. He won his only TOUR title there in 2011. The Open will be Na's first top-10 since last July's The Greenbrier Classic.

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