Kevin Na, known for walking in putts during high-pressure situations, is walking out on the PGA Tour.
The 33rd-ranked player in the world wrote Saturday that he has resigned his status on the PGA Tour in a move to escape any fallout from playing the upcoming LIV Golf Invitational Series event outside London next week.
The five-time PGA Tour winner announced the decision via social media.
“I would like the freedom to play wherever I want and exercising my right as a free agent gives me that opportunity,” Na wrote. “However to remain a PGA Tour player, I must give up my right to make these choices about my career. If I exercise my right to choose where and when I play golf, then I cannot remain a PGA Tour player without facing disciplinary proceedings and legal action from the PGA Tour.”
Na is one of 13 players who currently have status on the PGA Tour that is expected to tee it up next week at the Centurion Club in London. Other notable players include Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, and Sergio Garcia.
The Tour previously denied all player waiver requests for the first LIV event and has said that players who still go forward could face repercussions from the PGA Tour. However, what those penalties will be have not yet been announced.
Na’s last start on tour was May 29 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas where he finished tied for seventh. After his appearance next week at the Centurion Club, Na is expected to compete in the U.S. Open Championship at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The USGA, which runs the U.S. Open, has not yet announced if they will ban those players who compete in the LIV golf series.
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