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Kevin Na working on losing the wiggle

Wiggling, plodding and slow that became the story of Kevin Na's Players Championship a fortnight ago. His snail play round the course was such that it almost overshadowed Matt Kuchar's emotional victory at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

It became the hot topic in the golf world with everyone from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson having their say on the matter of slow play and punishments for transgressing.

Na wasn't deaf to the hubbub either, and was determined to change.

"That was the only thought I had," Na said Thursday. "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."

At the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Na was a different player and gone were the suplerfluous movements that drove golf fans to distraction.

No more waggles, no hesitation. Na takes one practice swing at the ball, then sets himself and takes the club back and hits the ball.

"Every shot is hard," Na said. "I'm constantly thinking about it. I'm not even thinking about my golf swing. That's kind of hurting me a little bit because I always have a swing thought, but right now, I have no swing thought. I don't have time to have a swing thought. I've just got to think about my pre-shot routine, get ready and go."

And now that he's on the road to a quicker game, Na feels there's no turning back.

"I'm a fighter," he said. "I'm telling you, I'm a fighter."

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