WATCH: Tiger Woods mocks Kevin Na by quickly picking ball out of hole after Players birdie
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WATCH: Tiger Woods mocks Kevin Na by quickly picking ball out of hole after Players birdie


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Tiger Woods and Kevin Na had never played together in a competitive PGA Tour round -- that is, until Saturday's third round of the 2019 Players. And Woods gave Na a moment he'll never forget on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

Na, who was not playing well alongside Woods, was mounting a late rally to potentially avoid missing the secondary cut after the third round. He had just eagled 16, and he and Woods both hit their tee shots to the island-green par 3 within a handful of feet.



The 16-year veteran Na putted for birdie first, having to go over an old cup on the path to the hole. As the ball was rolling to the cup, Na grew a little impatient and had his hand down at the hole just as the ball was about to disappear.

Woods couldn't help himself to make light of what Na did.

"I thought he instantly missed it, and then I saw his hand go down like, 'Oh ok, he's going to make it. ... Oh crap, he's going to catch it!'" Woods said to Golf TV after his round. "So I thought maybe I can have a little bit of fun with this."

After Woods struck his own birdie putt bound for the hole, Woods quickly picked the ball out of the cup when he made his 2.

"I had to make sure I started it online first," Woods said. "I was going to make it and then once I realized I was going to make it, I got down there as fast as I could."

Then he looked at Na so as to ask if he did it right. The pair were dying laughing.

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