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Nick Watney |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180
College: Fresno State

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Nick Watney slots in at 34th in the FedExCup standings going into this week's PLAYERS at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
After a disappointing 2013-14 where he finished 105th in the FedExCup standings, Watney began his climb back with three top 15s to begin 2015, including runner-up at Pebble Beach in February. He's regressed since, mustering just one top 25 over his next six starts and missing the cut in two of his last three. The 34-year-old is 4-for-8 at TPC Sawgrass with two top 10s (T17 in 2010, T4 in 2011) but his lone cash in his last three loops was a T56 in 2012. May 5 - 10:46 AM

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Nick Watney walked off birdie-birdie in his second round of the Shell Houston Open, and then signed for a 4-under-par 34-34=68.

Watney book-ended nine consecutive pars with three birdies on each side. The first set was highlighted by a conversion from 14'2" at the par-5 13th hole. Later, he opened the second trio with a zero-putt six-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 fifth. After a three-jack bogey from just inside 52 feet at the par-3 seventh, Watney rolled in the aforementioned closers from 18'8" and 41'10", respectively. At 7-under 137, the 33-year-old is two shots in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders. This is easily the best he's played since the conclusion of the West Coast Swing and the lowest he's scored through two rounds in four tries at the Golf Club of Houston.
Apr 3 - 2:14 PM

Nick Watney has been removed from the published field of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He didn't play here last year because of the birth of his first child, but Watney is 6-for-7 at Bay Hill with a T4 in 2009. Since a strong West Coast Swing, he's cooled to the tune of a pair of finishes outside the top 40, but still ranks a hearty 22nd in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 16 - 1:54 PM

Overnight co-leader Nick Watney settled for a 3-over-par 36-38=74 in his second round of the Northern Trust Open.

Riviera Country Club is a beast, but it's set up for the touring professional to have a chance. Watney figured out how to score on Thursday despite hitting only 10 greens in regulation. However, after signing for a 66, he hit just 10 GIR again today and squared six bogeys, one as a result of a three-putt at the par-4 third hole. That was one of four in a row, in fact, a slide capped by a bogey conversion from 18'11" at the par-4 fifth. He also circled three birdies, including a chip-in from the rough 14 yards away at the par-4 12th, but he reaches the weekend in 2-under 140, four strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Feb 20 - 8:24 PM

Nick Watney kept his rally rolling with a 5-under-par 30-36=66 in the opening round of the Northern Trust Open.

He signed his card with a share of the clubhouse lead with Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh. Watney opened with a standard-issue eagle at the easy par-5 first hole. He connected three birdies beginning at the par-3 sixth and exchanged one bogey with one birdie on the back. His most notable conversion of the round fell for birdie from the rough 21 yards away at the par-4 seventh. The 33-year-old is fresh off a solo second at Pebble Beach where his putting was exceptional. And that was on the heels of a T7 at Torrey Pines where his ball-striking was sublime. Suffice it to say that he just needs to put both together in a single tournament to return to the winner's circle. The most recent of his five PGA TOUR victories occurred at the 2012 Barclays.
Feb 19 - 3:42 PM

At 19-under-par 65-69-65-69=268, Nick Watney finished alone in second place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, three strokes behind champion Brandt Snedeker.

Watney flew out of the blocks today with birdies on his first four holes. He added four more, but also swallowed five bogeys to prevent a serious run at the trophy. However, he'll head to this week's Northern Trust Open with the knowledge that he putted it extremely well at Pebble Beach. Among today's eight birdies, five were struck from outside 15 feet. Four of those traveled longer than 21 feet. His highlight measured 39'11" at the par-4 11th hole. Watney signed his card with a strokes gained: putting clip of 5.426. Only the host course was lasered this week, but he's nonetheless in the books as the leader in the stat at 7.929 (for 36 holes). This is his best finish since a solo second at the 2013 BMW Championship.
Feb 15 - 7:17 PM

Nick Watney spun a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the host course to reach the 54-hole mark at 16-under 199.

Watney spread eight birdies across Pebble Beach, with three of them dropping from between 10 and 16 feet. His lone bogey came at the par-3 fifth hole. He is on a bit of a roll of late, finishing 14th in the Humana Challenge before missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix open and tying for seventh in the Farmers Insurance Open last week. He is two off Jim Furyk's lead.
Feb 14 - 6:17 PM

Nick Watney posted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course in his opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

He settled for 1-over on the weekend at Torrey Pines South, but still left town with a T7. Today, he landed 13 greens in regulation and circled an eagle (at the par-5 16th hole) and five birdies. Watney's only blemish was a walk-off bogey-5 at No. 18. However, he'll get back on the horse at Spyglass Hill in the second round.
Feb 12 - 6:27 PM

Nick Watney could only muster a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to secure a top-10 finish at 7-under 281.

Watney found just one birdie, a 12'9" effort on the par-4 14th, on his final navigation of Torrey Pines South. Unfortunately for him, he suffered a pair of bogeys on his round. He began the week 106th in the FedExCup standings but will make a nice move up those standings with his finish this week.
Feb 8 - 6:00 PM

Nick Watney settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open and is one off the 54-hole lead at 8-under 208.

Watney's 16 pars were only interrupted by a bogey on the par-4 seventh and a 3'1" birdie on the par-5 ninth. The good news is, he is closer to the lead than he was 18 holes ago since Harris English backed up by a stroke. He hit just 10 GIR, and lost 1.255 strokes with the putter. Should he regroup and shoot something under par in the finale, he would absolutely have a chance at his second win at Torrey Pines.
Feb 7 - 5:58 PM

Nick Watney spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 at Torrey Pines North in his second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Watney has been enigmatic in recent memory to say the least, but he's been money, literally, at this tournament. He won it in 2009 and hasn't missed a cut since, adding three top 10s in the process. Today, he hit 16 greens in regulation and converted seven birdies. He posted 8-under 136 to assume temporary possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but that has since gone by the boards. Nevertheless, the 33-year-old is rewarding those that took a leap of faith based on his course history.
Feb 6 - 5:36 PM

Nick Watney stumbled to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 on PGA West's Palmer Private during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

Watney couldn't get things to gel today but still finds himself just three strokes off the lead entering Sunday. His most notable weakness was the flat stick today, as he dialed in from outside nine feet just once and walked off the course with -1.017 strokes gained:putting on the day. As poorly as his third round went, Watney and gamers still have to feel ecstatic about his 14-under 202 aggregate ahead of the finale.
Jan 24 - 7:26 PM

Nick Watney enjoyed an 8-under-par 32-32=64 at PGA West's Nicklaus Private in today's second round of the Humana Challenge.

Watney is making his first appearance in this tournament since 2009. Given that he's 13-under 131 at the halfway point and just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, he may be wondering why he waited so long to return. He split 11 (of 14) fairways, but landed only 12 greens in regulation today. Yet, Watney negotiated nine birdies against one bogey. He'll conclude his rotation at Palmer Private at PGA West in Saturday's third round.
Jan 23 - 5:11 PM

Nick Watney's star has fallen quite a bit as he prepares for this week's Humana Challenge.

Taking a look back over his last two years in the Official World Golf Ranking, Watney was inside the top 50 following the 2014 Masters and was a top-25 player as recently as the 2013 U.S. Open. He now sits at 140th, despite top-20 finishes in four of his last nine starts. Watney has made each of his four cuts in the event, including two top-25 finishes, but hasn't played in this event since 2009. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that his schedule is shifting to make up for his potential exclusion in majors and World Golf Championships for the 2014-15 season.
Jan 20 - 8:32 AM

Nick Watney is searching for his lost form ahead of the 2015 calendar year.

Watney collected 40.75 percent of his total 2013-14 FedExCup points over the final four events to sneak into the Playoffs. He was quickly bounced, but opened the new season with two missed cuts in four events. The 33-year-old is too talented to be down for long. Gamers should expect a rise to form at some point in 2015.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 09:27:00 PM