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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 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. Oct 25 - 7:14 PM

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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.
Oct 23 - 3:54 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.
Sep 16 - 6:19 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.
Sep 1 - 10:42 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.
Aug 21 - 6:08 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.
Jul 31 - 7:10 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.
Jul 22 - 9:59 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.
Jun 26 - 5:33 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.
May 31 - 3:50 PM

Nick Watney spun a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Watney birdied both par 5s at TPC Four Seasons today and added birdies at the par-4 11th and par-3 14th. He now has nine birdies against just two birdies at the break. He signed today's card at 7-under 132, just two shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 29 - 4:54 PM

Nick Watney put up a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, finishing five strokes in arrears of the overnight lead.

Watney made some noise on the West Coast Swing, but he's been primarily quiet since. In fact, today's aggregate is his lowest since an opening 66 at the Northern Trust Open three months ago. He opened his loop of TPC Four Seasons with three birdies, and then found another from 23'7" at the par-4 14th hole. He'd trade one birdies with two bogeys the rest of the way. Overall, the 34-year-old missed only one of the 14 fairways and four greens in regulation.
May 28 - 7:37 PM

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

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