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Nick Watney

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180

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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). Oct 14 - 7:28 PM

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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.
Oct 10 - 11:33 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.
Mar 22 - 9:54 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.
Feb 9 - 1:39 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.
Jan 20 - 10:49 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

Following a one-year hiatus from the tournament, Nick Watney returns to Conway Farms Golf Club for this week's BMW Championship and enters the penultimate Playoffs event ranked 64th in the FedExCup standings.

After opening in 67-69-70, Watney back-doored a solo second at the 2013 BMW (Conway Farms GC) with a low final-round 7-under 64. His 14-under 270 was two shots in arrears to champion Zach Johnson. The runner-up finish, his only top 10 in six BMW appearances, vaulted him from No. 34 to No. 12 in the FEC standings, making him one of only two players that week to play their way into the TOUR Championship. The 34-year-old opened this postseason with a missed cut (by three) at The Barclays and T44 at the Deutsche Bank Championship (72-70-69-73). The DBC was his seventh cash in his last 10 starts but he didn't finish inside the top 30 in any of them, and, he's not posted four sub-par rounds in a tournament since runner-up at the AT&T Pebble Beach, 19 starts ago.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 06:19:00 AM

Nick Watney heads back to TPC Boston for his 11th appearance at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Watney walks into Norton, Massachusetts, ranked 63rd in the FedExCup standings. He's currently safe to make the field at Conway Farms in two weeks, but could be in danger of getting passed by if he doesn't play four rounds this week. Unfortunately, Watney has played this event 10 times and owns just one finish inside the top 30. Gamers should look elsewhere this week if they seek the safe route.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:42:00 PM

Nick Watney made easy work of Sedgefield Country Club in today's second round of the Wyndham Championship, spinning a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65.

He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit all 18 greens in regulation en route to five birdies. The set included conversions from 23'8" and 16'6" at the par-4 17th and eighth holes, respectively. His 32 GIR co-leads the field. Watney tied for fifth here last year after holding outright possession of the 54-hole lead, so there was already a comfort level with navigating the property. He's 57th in the FedExCup standings, but he arrived having gone seven consecutive starts without a top 25, so this may be shaping up to be one of those instances where the course acts as a stopper to a drought. At 9-under 131, Watney is parked two shots adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Nick Watney completed 36 holes of the Quicken Loans National in even-par 70-72=142, missing the cut by two strokes.

Playing alongside Tiger Woods as Watney did for the first two rounds can have its drawbacks, but the 2011 champion has struggled putting four rounds together for several months, so it's impossible to know if the grouping (that also included Bill Haas) was a distraction. Watney split 18 (of 28) fairways and hit 25 greens in regulation but traded seven birdies with seven bogeys. Other notables who missed the cut include: 141--Fabian Gomez; Gary Woodland; Daniel Summerhays; Scott Pinckney; Martin Laird; Andy Sullivan ... 142--Sangmoon Bae; Sean O'Hair; Johnson Wagner; Stewart Cink ... 143--Scott Brown ... 145--John Senden ... 146--Chris Stroud; Stephen Gallacher ... 147--Daniel Berger.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Nick Watney descends upon Oakville, Ontario, for this week's playing of the RBC Canadian Open.

Watney entered last year's RBC 134th in the FedExCup standings and played his way into the FEC Playoffs over the next five weeks, eventually finishing 94th. He's in a much better position this year, slotting in at 57th. His season totals show 13 cashes on 21 events, with seven top 25s, the most recent coming five starts ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson (T10). The 34-year-old has gone T65-T53-T39-MC since. Watney is just 1-for-5 at the Canadian Open with a T12 in last year's edition (Royal Montreal GC), his only payday. He missed the cut in 2008/Glen Abbey in his only prior loop at this week's venue.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 09:59:00 AM

Nick Watney crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's second round of the Travelers Championship.

At the time he signed his card, it stood alone as the low round of the day. It also matches his season-low aggregate first achieved at Nicklaus Private in the second round of the Humana Challenge. Watney went 5-for-5 in scrambling at TPC River Highlands today and circled three birdies on each nine. The set was highlighted by a conversion from 26'10" at the par-3 11th hole. The 33-year-old's greatest challenge to keep his card clean occurred at the par-3 16th where he salvaged par from 15'1". At 7-under 133, he's four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Nick Watney concluded the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with a 4-under-par 31-34=65 to post 10-under 267, good for sole possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

Watney won't win, but he tossed up a target and signed his card positioned inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard. He rolled in six birdies in today's finale and gave back just two shots, both on par 4s. This was the jolt that the 34-year-old needed. This was his ninth start since a solo second at Pebble Beach, but it's his first top 20. He had missed his last three cuts before turning the tables at TPC Four Seasons. Watney will try to keep his rally rolling at Muirfield Village this week. However, his only top 25 in seven appearances was a T14 in 2009.
Sun, May 31, 2015 03:50:00 PM