Kevin Na withdrew from the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions on Thursday, just minutes before his tee time at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii.
Na, who got into the winners-only tournament through a win at the 2018 Greenbrier Classic, pulled out ahead of his 11:20 a.m. local start with Patton Kizzire. He cited an injury to his finger.
Kevin Na is a WD from @Sentry_TOC prior to R1. Na cited an injury to his finger.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) January 3, 2019
A Las Vegas native, Na had proudly showed off his new endorsement contract with Callaway Golf before the tournament.
According to Golf Channel, Na has a fractured bone in his right pinky finger. That injury could keep him out a month. Na hasn't said how he suffered the injury, but he tried to fight through it on Wednesday, only able to play 12 holes in a pro-am. An injection of pain medication wasn't enough to get Na through the winners-only event.
Under PGA Tour rules and regulations, Na will receive unofficial last-place prize money for the week. This policy is in relation to events without a cut or an alternate list that is not a World Golf Championships event. In those cases, where a player is unable to compete due to personal emergency, illness or an ongoing medical problem, the player doesn't get prize money but can designate their last-place share to the charity of their choice.
This means there will be 33 players in the field this week, meaning one player will get to go out by themselves to start each of the final three rounds.