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Kevin Na was in the first group off at Augusta National on Thursday, and nine holes later, his Masters was over.
Na, one of 18 LIV golfers in the field this week, withdrew from the year’s first major citing an illness. He shot a four-over 40 on the first nine holes that included a double bogey on the opening hole.
With Na withdrawing, this left Mike Weir all alone for the back nine. The Canadian and former Masters champ now gets to enjoy the final nine holes on Thursday all by his lonesome, which is certainly a unique situation.
Na and Weir made up just one of two twosomes on the tee sheet for Thursday and Friday’s opening round.
Weir won’t be going off as a single for Friday’s second round, instead, Augusta National will either call on a member to play alongside him in a twosome or simply pair him with Cameron Champ and Jose Mari Olazabal, the other twosome on the tee sheet.
Kevin Na was making his 12th start at the Masters this week after finishing no worse than 14th in each of the last three editions of the tournament.
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