Kevin Na, Stevie Williams Clashed Over Slow Play in 2014

January 12, 2016
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Known for his fiery demeanor, caddie Stevie Williams apparently had some strong words for Kevin Na regarding his slow play during the 2014 Duetsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. An official even had to intervene in the dispute.

Alan Shipnuck detailed the scene in his recent profile on Na, which is in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Na is widely known for playing at a slow pace on the PGA Tour, but he told Shipnuck that he sees a double-standard.

From the SI piece:

In September 2014, at the Deutsche Bank Championship, (Na) and playing partners Adam Scott and Chris Kirk combined to make four bogeys and two doubles in the first five holes of their opening round. All of this bad golf took a long time, and they were out of position for much of the rest of the round. Na could sense that Steve Williams was stewing. The following day, as Na labored to a 74, he believed Williams was giving him the stink eye and says that at round’s end, the caddie avoided shaking his hand.

“In the scoring tent,” Na says, “as I was about to leave, Stevie looks at me and goes, ‘Do you ever watch a bad movie again and again?’ I didn’t really know what he was talking about, so I just said, ‘Uh, no.’ He goes, ‘That’s what you are, Kevin, a bad movie. I never want to see you play again.’ And I looked at him, and I said, ‘Stevie, you’re out of line. If Adam has a problem with my play, he has every right to say whatever he wants. You’re in no position to tell me what you just said to me.’ He got real close to me and was saying basically that he could say whatever he wanted. It was getting pretty heated, but one of the Tour officials stepped in and said, ‘Guys, not in here.’ And that ended it.” (Williams declined to comment.)

You can read the entire profile here.