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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 traced out a 3-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the Valspar Championship, placing him one off the early pace set by Corey Conners.
Watney started his day at the 10th tee and swallowed a bogey on the opening hole. He climbed back immediately by draining an 11-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th. His first big highlight came at the par-4 16th where he dunked his 66-foot greenside bunker shot for a second birdie of the round. Three holes later he picked up a big chunk on the field when he splashed home a 20'7" eagle putt at the par-5 first. At the moment that was one of just two eagles recorded on the entire course today. Watney entered with a perfect 10-for-10 record at the Valspar so there must be something about the Copperhead Course that suits his eye. Mar 8 - 5:12 PM

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Nick Watney breezed through Torrey Pines South en route to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Farmers Insurance Open, grabbing a seat near the top of the leaderboard.

The California native cruised out to a 7-under 65 in R1 of last week's CareerBuilder Challenge (T9) and he's off to another strong start in the Golden State. Pelting 13 greens in regulation gave him a nice advantage over the field today, gaining 2.144 strokes approaching-the-green. The short game wasn't as sharp as he lost 1.456 strokes putting, missing four scoring chances from inside 12 feet. Watney is still trying to find his old form but gamers should certainly take note of his recent flashes.
Jan 25 - 5:41 PM

Playing La Quinta CC, World No. 400 Nick Watney tacked on a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 12-under 132, up five spots on the live leaderboard to T4, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Zach Johnson.

The 36-year-old found 12 (of 14) fairways and mustered 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.583 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 15, camouflaged by six birdies at 4, 6, 8, 13, 14 and 16. The Fresno State alum kicked off with a bogey-free 65 on the Stadium Course, so he'll tackle the Nicklaus Tournament Course in R3 on Saturday. He arrived 1-for-3 on the season (T55, OHL) and off a missed cut (by 14 shots) in his last start at the Shriners after rounds of 13-over 73-82=155.
Jan 19 - 5:30 PM

Taking on The Stadium Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, Nick Watney coasted to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 to put himself in a great position as he preps for the easiest two courses over the next two days.

Making his eighth appearance at this event, Watney was a perfect 5-for-5 with all top 35s before the course rotation changed in 2016. After back-to-back missed cuts, he appears to have these courses figured out now. Taking on the toughest test (Stadium Course), Watney kept a clean card while circling seven birdies at the Pete Dye design. A hot putter was the biggest asset today, rolling in six putts from the 8-to-13 foot range. Watney also holed out from 41'6" for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Still trying to regain form after his 2016 injury, the California native is one to watch closely to see if he can piece together three more good rounds.
Jan 18 - 6:01 PM

Nick Watney enters 2018 ranked 187th in the FedExCup race, still searching for a return to form that helped him win five times on the PGA TOUR.

Watney started the 2016-17 season on a major medical extension and ended it ranked 120th in the FEC standings. It was good progress for the 36-year-old who made just five starts the season prior, due to injury. Now, 2018 will be a make-or-break year for the Fresno State product. He could either bounce back and again find himself as a top 100 golfer in the world, or he could continue on the path he took in 2017, settling in as a boom-or-bust weekly fantasy candidate. Gamers should keep a close eye on Watney early in the year and be ready to pounce if he shows signs of returned form.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:27:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 04:33:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 08:53:00 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.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 09:59:00 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).
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 07:04:00 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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 04:09:00 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.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 01:43:00 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.
Thu, May 25, 2017 05:29:00 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.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 10:55:00 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.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 06:16:00 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.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 03:34:00 PM