Kevin Na on Ryder Cup bans for LIV Golf players: ‘It’s not going to happen’

Former PGA Tour player Kevin Na believes his participation in the LIV Golf Invitational Series will not affect his ambition to compete in the Ryder Cup.

Despite joining the PGA Tour in 2004 and earning $37,912,338 in prize money, Na surprisingly never earned a spot on the American side of the Ryder Cup. It will not be eligible now because you must be a PGA Tour member.

The 38-year-old resigned from the tour on June 4 with a public statement on social media. He wanted to avoid a legal battle and disciplinary action from the tour for joining the LIV Golf series despite the releases being rejected.

Na is a five-time winner, with his last win coming at the Sony Open in Hawaii last season. Besides the Ryder Cup, Na is also optimistic about being allowed to play in major leagues.

“I don’t think it’s safe yet (Ryder Cup bans). In my opinion it’s not going to happen – I’m just saying as of now no one has announced they won’t be eligible in the Ryder Cup,” Na said during a press conference at Centurion Golf Club on Tuesday.

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“Doesn’t the Ryder Cup want the best players to play for their country? – The rules can always change.”

“The majors are very important to me. It’s something that’s been missing in my career and it’s been a dream of mine to win a major since I can remember playing golf.

“I wanted to be able to play golf and focus on my game and golf is a very demanding game. You have to be mentally sharp and I didn’t want it to distract me,” Na continued.

“At the same time, I love and am grateful for the PGA Tour and what it has done for my career in the 19 years I’ve played there. I don’t want to be in a legal battle with the place. where I worked for 19 years.

“I wanted to be more positive going into LIV and I didn’t want any negativity towards the new chapter in my career. It was my decision.”

Na has been selected as one of 12 team captains for the event near London this week. His team name is ‘Iron Heads’ and players such as Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have also been selected as team captains.

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Michael C. Ford