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Nick Watney

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180

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Past champ and World No. 344 Nick Watney is in Potomac, Maryland, for the Quicken Loans National and checks in at 117th in the FedExCup standings.
This is the 11th QLN and Watney's ninth. He owns three previous top 25s among seven cashes, all at former venues and all doubling as top 10s, highlighted by his two-shot win in 2011 (Aronimink GC, Pennsylvania), his fourth (of five) TOUR wins. In the relatively short history of the event, the 36-year-old ranks 6th all-time in earnings, 4th of those that are in the field this week. He's 11-for-16 on the season with four top 25s and one top 10, a T5 at the Zurich teamed with Charley Hoffman -- which satisfied the terms of his Major Medical Extension (11 starts to spare). Watney's best individual result is T14 three times, most recently at the Valspar eight starts ago. He's made five straight cuts but is a cumulative 14-over-par in those 20 rounds. Jun 28 - 1:43 PM

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Nick Watney smoothed a 3-under-par 31-36=67 during round one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, throwing his name into the mix early on Thursday.

Watney was dialed in with his irons and wedges today, pelting 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.031 strokes approaching-the-green along the way. Most of the action took place early in the round, as he gave himself five birdie looks from inside 17 feet on the day, and all of them came before the turn. Perhaps it was the wind picking up that made it tougher, or maybe he just slowed his pace. Either way, Watney is now positioned nicely after day one as he makes his first appearance at Colonial Country Club since 2014. He is 2-for-5 here with a T27 in 2010 being the highlight.
May 25 - 5:29 PM

Playing four-ball in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney back-pedaled to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 and a 72-hole total of 19-under 269, down three spots into a six-way T5, eight swings shy of a 2-team playoff involving 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, and Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown.

After opening in 67-65-69, the Las Vegas residents began in a two-way T2 on 15-under, four back of Blixt/Smith. Playing out of the penultimate foursome, they were even-par thru six holes, exchanging bogey-5 at four with birdie-3 at six (Watney) when play was halted (for 6 hours, 22 minutes) due to storms. At that point, they had dipped to T6 and now six back of new-leaders Kisner/Brown. When play resumed, Hoffman circled the par-3 ninth from 24'4" but that was it for him. Watney contributed three more for the good at 10, 12 and 15, all from inside of 14 feet. The duo did not record a par breaker on any of the four par 5s.
Apr 30 - 10:55 PM

Playing foursomes in round one of the Zurich Classic, Nick Watney and Charley Hoffman cruised to a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to stake out a spot inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard.

This team of savvy veterans is known for its ball-striking, but they only gave themselves two birdie looks from inside 10 feet today. Still, the duo was able to swallow just two bogeys while circling five birdies and saving the best for last. That came at the par-5 18th where Watney found himself 59'4" from the cup after the second shot and then used the flat stick from off the green to splash home a walk-off eagle. That bonus jumped them to 5-under on the day, putting them just one stroke off the pace sey by Ryan Ruffels & Kyle Stanley as well as Jordan Spieth & Ryan Palmer. Gamers should expect the ball-striking to rebound in round two as they ready for best ball on Friday.
Apr 27 - 6:16 PM

Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, World No. 424 Nick Watney crafted a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of The Honda Classic to reach 4-under 276, up 43 spots to T16 with play still in progress.

This was the 35-year-old's fifth appearance and improves to 5-for-5. He's right on his previous-best finish of T17 in 2005, across PGA Blvd. at the CC of Mirasol (Sunset). After kicking off in 71-67-73, he began buried down the leaderboard on 1-over (T59), but got back into the red for the week with seven birdies on 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. The Fresno State alum squared bogeys at 2 and 15, both after water balls, but camouflaged them with circles on holes 1 (from 13'2"), 5 (23'7"), 8, 10 (pitch in from 48'4"), 11, 13 and 14, posting 1.538 putts per GIR and 3.927 SG: Putting. This was his seventh start of the season and second top 25, joining a T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Feb 26 - 3:34 PM

Past champ and World No. 509 Nick Watney is in La Jolla, California, for his 13th playing of the Farmers Insurance Open and begins on Torrey Pines North at 10:40 a.m. PT off No. 10 tee. UPDATE: Watney missed the cut by two shots on 2-over 71-75=146.

The California native won the 2009 edition in his fifth appearance. Overall, he has six top 25s, all doubling as top 10s, most recently a T7 in 2015 where he was T2 thru 36 holes (71-65) but closed in 72-73. The 35-year-old missed the cut here last year by four shots (71-76), missing the rest of the year to rest a herniated disc (lower back). He's played sparingly so far this season (on a Major Medical Extension), making just three starts and cashing in one, a T35 at the Safeway Open in Napa. Watney missed the scheduled 54-hole cut last week at the CareerBuilder (by two) on rounds of 67-74-72.
Jan 25 - 12:11 PM

World No. 439 Nick Watney has been idle since a missed cut (by nine) at the Shriners six weeks ago on rounds of 69-79.

After making just five starts in 2015-16 due to a herniated disc in his lower back, the Las Vegas resident began this season with 21 starts on a Major Medical Extension. After a layoff of 37 weeks, he kicked off with a promising T35 at the Safeway (71-69-73-67) and three weeks later opened in his adopted hometown with 2-under 69 before ballooning to a 79 that featured just one birdie versus seven bogeys and a double. Though a five-time winner on TOUR, a wait-and-see approach seems to be in order for gamers regarding the 35-year-old. His last win was at the 2012 Barclays 91 starts ago, though he did win the 2012 CIMB Classic as well when it was an unofficial event.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Nick Watney hung up a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's weather-delayed second round of the Safeway Open to post 4-under 140, currently T23 on the leaderboard and up 40 places on the day.

The 35-year-old shut it down (for good) back in late-March to rest a herniated disc (lower back). He got only five starts under his belt in the 2015-16 campaign so he begins 2016-17 on a Major Medical Extension. The California native has 21 events to earn 355.420 FedExCup points (or $528,010) to meet the terms and is off to a good start in Napa with two sub-par rounds (71-69). Thru 36 holes, he's overshadowed three bogeys with seven birdies, including a two-bogey five-birdie showing on day 2 (preferred lies). At the time he signed his card, Watney is currently 107th in SG: Approach-the-Green and T79 in greens in regulation at 69.44 percent (25/36), but no rust in his short game at 9th in SG: Around-the-Green (cumulative 3.225).
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 07:28:00 PM

Nick Watney is scheduled to make his first start in over nine months as he preps for this week's Safeway Open in Napa, California.

Watney cited a herniated disc in his lower back before shutting it down for the entire 2015-16 season. Prior to that, he opened the season with back-to-back missed cuts. The five-time PGA TOUR winner hasn't found the winner's circle since the 2012 Barclays, so perhaps this prolonged rest will help rejuvenate his health and therefore rejuvenate this game. Gamers should be cautiously optimistic about Watney heading into the 2016-17 season.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 11:33:00 AM

Nick Watney has declared himself out for the remainder of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, providing ample time to rest a herniated disc in his lower back.

Doug Ferguson reported on Watney's intentions, stating that "He thought the best-case scenario would be to return toward the end of the Florida swing, except that it's not getting better." Gamers should take note of this prolonged absence and make the necessary roster moves. Watney is playing it safe to avoid reoccurring issues, which should be great for his long-term output.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 09:54:00 PM

Nick Watney has pulled his name out of the field at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. UPDATE: Mike McAllister of has cited a wrist injury as the reason for Watney's WD. The severity is currently unknown.

This is the second consecutive week he's withdrawn from an event prior to the start of the tournament. We haven't seen him play since his back-to-back missed cuts at the CareerBuilder Challenge and Farmers Insurance Open. There was no reason cited for his WD, but we will keep our eyes peeled for any further news. Considering his runner-up finish at last year's AT&T Pro-Am, this is a little surprising. He's been replaced in the field by Tim Herron who has missed the cut in his last four appearances at this event.
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Nick Watney is a perfect 5-for-5 with three top 25s at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation, including a personal-best T13 in the 90-hole 2007 edition and solo 14th last year (67-64-71-68).

The 34-year-old once ranked as high as No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking during a career-best two-win season in 2011, but enters the week No. 132. This is his first action since T43 (CIMB) three months ago, the last of three straight events to open 2015-16 (T11-T64). It's a small sampling (12 rounds), but so far, he ranks 193rd on TOUR in birdie average (3.50) and 101st in scoring (71.249). The California native and Las Vegas resident is in the final year of full-exempt status off his win at the 2012 Barclays and hasn't posted a top-10 finish in his last 14 events.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 10:49:00 AM

Nick Watney looks primed for a comeback season after a perfect fall record.

Watney posted a 3-for-3 record during the fall, including a T11 at the Shriners. In many respects last year could be considered a bounce-back season after he climbed 47 spots, year-over-year, to finish 58th in the FedExCup standings. When you consider that he made it to East Lake and landed inside the top 15 in five straight seasons before that, you realize that Watney still has a lot of room for growth to get back to his old playing levels.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Nick Watney tossed up a 4-under-par 36-31=67 in today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to wrap his ninth appearance at 12-under 272, currently T10 on the leaderboard.

It's been over three years since Watney won the last of his five TOUR titles (2012 The Barclays). He's not going to win this week in his adopted hometown, but he is going to add to his Shriners' resume, where he's posted four top-20 finishes in his last five appearances, highlighted by his solo second in 2011 to Kevin Na. Watney mustered just three top 10s last season on 28 starts, good for 58th in the FedExCup standings. His last top-10 finish was T10 at the AT&T Byron Nelson at the end of May, 12 starts ago. The 34-year-old began his 13th season on TOUR with a T64 last week at the that included a final-round 77. This week, he opened in 67-66 (T5) before fading to T11 to start the day. He turned in birdie-less 1-over, before circling three on his inward half, culminating with a chip-in for eagle at the par-5 16th.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 07:14:00 PM

At 9-under-par 67-66=133, Nick Watney holds outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He opened bogey-free with an eagle and two birdies to set the tone, but Watney squared three bogeys during today's lap of TPC Summerlin. He compensated going just 2-for-5 in scrambling with eight birdies, three of which from outside 11 feet. His longest stretched 21'10" at the par-3 eighth hole. He even poured in a par save from 12'10" at the par-4 third. Perhaps most surprisingly is that at last check, Watney owned a strokes gained: putting clip of minus-0.139 through 36 holes. Shootouts are supposed to be putting contests. Nevertheless, he's poised to record his first top 15 in 13 starts dating back to early June.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 03:54:00 PM