FORT WORTH, Texas -- The wiggles, waggles and waves at the golf ball disappeared from Kevin Na's preshot routine Thursday.
That was a major victory for Na, who admitted that all he thought about in the first round of the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was eliminating the superfluous movement that made golf fans everywhere -- not to mention his player partners -- shutter as he slowly and painfully struggled in the final round of The Players Championship two weeks ago.
Na shot even par Thursday. And considering he was 2-over after five holes, Na was pleased he managed to get those two strokes back by the time the day finished. His plodding play to finish The Players a few weeks ago made pace of play back a hot topic in the golf world. As soon as the tournament ended, Na vowed to do something about it.
"That was the only thought I had," Na said. "It wasn't about, 'Oh I need to go work or I need to get rest.' It was, 'I need to change this and this is all I'm going to do and all I'm going to think about and I'm going to get it done.' I'm actually surprised at how quickly I'm doing this."