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Nick Watney

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

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Nick Watney breezed through Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of The RSM Classic, finding an early spot inside the top 10.
Watney started his week on the tougher course, but didn't let that slow him down. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and then pelted 18 greens in regulation. That was good for +1.612 strokes gained off-the-tee and +1.283 strokes gained approaching-the-green. Watney is one of just two golfers (Brice Garnett) to record a score of 65 at the Seaside Course. That sets him up very nicely for a R2 matchup with the (easier) Plantation Course. Watney's only other appearance here (2015 edition) led to an 85th-place finish (MDF). The five-time TOUR winner is searching for his first victory since the 2012 Barclays. Nov 16 - 4:33 PM

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Making his season debut, World No. 377 Nick Watney prepares for his 13th consecutive appearance in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. UPDATE: Watney missed the cut by 12 on 13-over 73-82=155, the worst score in the field.

The Las Vegas resident is 9-for-12 at the Shriners with six top 25s and four top 10s, highlighted by a solo 2nd in 2011 where he was a 54-hole co-leader. He's posted eight red numbers in his last 10 rounds, leading to T16/2015 and T11/2016, and carded an opening 69 last year before ballooning to 8-over 79 in R2 to MC, but that was just his second start after missing 36 weeks to rest a herniated disc in his lower back. The 36-year-old ended last season, which began on a medical extension, with three straight MCs and at 120th in the FedExCup standings. He went 14-for-25 with five top 25s and one top 10, a T5 at the Zurich teamed with fellow Las Vegas resident Charley Hoffman.
Nov 1 - 8:53 PM

Nick Watney heads home for a sixth appearance at this week's Barracuda Championship.

The Las Vegas resident is 5-for-5 at this event with three top 10s. He's only played here once since 2008, though, generally playing in the big event rather than the alternate event. More recently he's showing some signs of form, collecting top 40s in three of his last four starts. Those finishes have him positioned 110th in the FedExCup race, meaning he could use a big week to ensure a longer run in the Playoffs. Watney hasn't cracked the top 10 (excluding the team-event Zurich) since the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson, but this week does present a nice opportunity to find his way back in contention.
Aug 2 - 9:59 AM

World No. 297 Nick Watney fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 6-under 134, up 60 spots on the leaderboard to T12, matching the low round of the day with three others and tying his season low.

The 36-year-old striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 4.320 strokes approaching-the-green and 5.497 tee-to-green. He circled holes 6, 10, 14 and 15, three from between eight and 29 feet, adding eagle-3 at 12 from 13'9". The Fresno State alum, who closed out last week's Quicken Loans with a tournament-low 6-under 64, recorded 1.706 putts per GIR and 0.545 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He missed four scoring tries from inside of nine feet, but didn't let it affect him. This is Watney's fourth Greenbrier with one prior cash, a T23 on debut in 2013 (72-67-65-70).
Jul 7 - 7:04 PM

Past champ and World No. 344 Nick Watney painted a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to conclude on 3-under 277, up 30 places on the live leaderboard to T10, good for the low round in the clubhouse and the low round of the week. UPDATE: With play completed, Watney finished T13, and his 64 is a course record at TPC Potomac.

This was the 36-year-old's ninth QLN (of 11 editions). It's his fourth top 25 and potentially a fourth top 10, led by his win in 2011 (Aronimink GC, Pennsylvania). If the top-10 finish holds, it'll be the Fresno State alum's second of the season in 17 starts, first individually (T5, Zurich teamed with Charley Hoffman), and first since T10 at the 2015 Byron Nelson 109 weeks and 33 starts ago. After opening in 72-70-71, he began T40 on 3-over, five shy of the overnight top 10. On eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he erased a lone bogey-5 at four with seven birdies at Nos. 1-3, 8, 13, 14 and 18, six from inside of 13 feet and a long of 32'11" at the par-4 first. Watney posted 1.533 putts per GIR and 3.080 SG: Putting, taking 27 total putts.
Jul 2 - 4:09 PM

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

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