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Nick Watney

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
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Current Position
To Par: -1
Total Strokes: 70 - 71 - 68 - 70 : 279
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Sacramento, CA
  • Residence: Las Vegas, NV
  • Age: 30
  • Turned Pro: 2003

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2007,Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 2009,Buick Invitational.

International Victories

(1): 2003 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship [Can].

Other Victories

(1): 2005 Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,059,604 (23)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

4-- Transitions Championship. 7-- Masters Tournament. T9-- Farmers Insurance Open, World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

63 at Round 2, Waste Management Phoenix Open.

PGA TOUR Highlights

In defense of title, shot two rounds in the 60s on the weekend to finish T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Was T57 after a first-round 71 on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines...Making first appearance at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, finished T9 after losing 1-down to Retief Goosen in the third round...Despite first-round 73, finished fourth at Transitions Championship. Posted 65-67 on weekend to match lowest final 36 holes in tournament history. Ranked T2 in Putts Per Round (26.8) for the week...Shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to finish seventh at the Masters. It was his first round in the 60s in 10 starts in a major. His previous best finish in a major was T11 at the 2008 Masters.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Buick Invitational.

2009 Season Highlights

Won for the second time in his career and finished 12th in the FedExCup standings. Earned more than $3 million, almost twice as much as his previous career best...Took the lead for the first time on the final shot of the Buick Invitational, a 2-foot birdie putt, to complete a five-shot comeback for his second career victory. Birdied two of his last three holes and didn't drop a shot over the final 11 holes in closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory over third-round leader John Rollins. Sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th to tie Rollins and then two-putted the par-5 18th hole for birdie to claim the win. Went the week without a three-putt and was the only player to shoot all four rounds below par...Finished second to Phil Mickelson at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by one stroke after sharing the third-round lead. Nearly forced a playoff, but his putt from the fringe ended one rotation from going in the hole...Finished T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after a final-round, 2-under 68...Went 12 starts before posting his next top-10 of the season, a T6 at The Barclays...Ranked No. 12 in the FedExCup standings after the BMW Championship to earn his first trip to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola...Finished T13 at THE TOUR Championship in his first appearance at the event...Also made first appearance at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup with John Merrick in November.

Career Highlights

2009: Won for the second time in his career and finished 12th in the FedExCup standings. Earned more than $3 million, almost twice as much as his previous career best...Took the lead for the first time on the final shot of the Buick Invitational, a 2-foot birdie putt, to complete a five-shot comeback for his second career victory. Birdied two of his last three holes and didn't drop a shot over the final 11 holes in closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory over third-round leader John Rollins. Sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th to tie Rollins and then two-putted the par-5 18th hole for birdie to claim the win. Went the week without a three-putt and was the only player to shoot all four rounds below par...Finished second to Phil Mickelson at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by one stroke after sharing the third-round lead. Nearly forced a playoff, but his putt from the fringe ended one rotation from going in the hole...Finished T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after a final-round, 2-under 68...Went 12 starts before posting his next top-10 of the season, a T6 at The Barclays...Ranked No. 12 in the FedExCup standings after the BMW Championship to earn his first trip to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola...Finished T13 at THE TOUR Championship in his first appearance at the event...Also made first appearance at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup with John Merrick in November. 2008: Finished No. 121 on the money list. Made the cut in 21 of 27 starts, but managed just one top-10 finish...Held the 18-hole lead at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in his first trip to the event. T5 finish marked the 13th top-10 in his PGA TOUR career. 2007: In third full season on the PGA TOUR, earned first victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in his 75th career start at age 25 years, 11 months and 28 days. Held a two-stroke lead over Ken Duke through 54 holes after opening 69-67-68. A final-round 70 was good for a three-stroke victory over Duke. Earned a career-high $1,098,000 paycheck and 4,500 FedExCup points, jumping from No. 72 to No. 12 in the standings...Qualified for the U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA Championship for the first time in his career. Made the cut in the British Open and finished T35. 2006: In second season on TOUR, posted career-high six top-10s and 11 top-25s to finish 75th on the money list...Posted his first top-10 of the season (T7) at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...Five months later, added a T9 at the Buick Championship in July...Recorded a third top-10 (T5) at the Reno-Tahoe Open in late August...Posted back-to-back top-10s on TOUR for the first time with a T8 at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic and a T6 at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Shared the first-round lead with Brent Geiberger and John Rollins after an 8-under 64 in Greensboro, and then held the second-round lead at 9-under 135. The second-round lead was his first on TOUR. The 64 matched his career-best on TOUR, which he shot three times previously...Finished T5 at the FUNAI Classic, aided by a third-round 64 on the Magnolia Course. 2005: After finishing just out of the top 125 (No. 127) on the money list, placed T5 at the Qualifying Tournament in December to gain a higher status for 2006...Rookie on TOUR posted two top-10s, including a T6 at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas thanks to a final-round 66. With a paycheck of $139,000, climbed from 143rd to 118th on the money list. 2004: Made the cut in 19 of 25 tournaments on the Nationwide Tour, including 12 top-25 finishes. Entered the final event No. 19 on the official money list but posted his first career win at the Nationwide Tour Championship, jumping all the way to No. 5 with $301,988. Finished the event at 15-under-par 273 after rounds of 69-64-71-69, good for a three-stroke win...After missing five cuts in his first seven starts, stormed back by making the cut in 15 of his last 16 events of the season. 2003: Turned professional in the summer following outstanding collegiate career at Fresno State University...Made pro debut at the FBR Capital Open in Washington, D.C. in June, missed the cut...First professional win came at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship on the Canadian Tour in August. Amateur: Was the No. 1-ranked college player during his senior year at Fresno State following four consecutive tournament wins in the fall season. Helped Fresno State to the Western Athletic Conference team title in the spring...Five wins during his senior year were more than any other player in the nation. Became the WAC's first three-time Player of the Year. Freshman of the Year in the WAC. Three-time All-American...Ben Hogan Award finalist in 2002...Palmer Cup team member in 2002...Set Fresno State single-season scoring record with a 70.53 average during junior year...Coached by his uncle, Mike, at Fresno State.

Personal

Is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Sacramento Kings...Cousin, Heidi Watney, is the Boston Red Sox on-field reporter for NESN.

Other Information

After finishing just out of the top 125 (No. 127) on the 2005 PGA TOUR money list, placed T5 at the Qualifying Tournament in December to gain a higher status for 2006. Rookie on the TOUR in 2005 after finishing fifth on the 2004 Nationwide Tour money list, his first season on that circuit. Posted first top-10 of season in 24th start to finish T9 at the 2005 Buick Championship, aided by a final-round 66. Closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish a career-best T6 at the 2005 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. With a career-best paycheck of $139,000 in Las Vegas, climbed from 143rd to 118th on PGA TOUR Money List. Missed the cut in his last two starts after Las Vegas and dropped to 127th to obtain partial status for 2006. In 2004, made the cut in 19 of 25 Nationwide Tour tournaments, including 12 top-25 finishes. Entered the final event No. 19 on the official money list but posted his first career win at the 2004 Nationwide Tour Championship. Finished the event at 15-under-par 273, good for a three-stroke win. After missing five cuts in his first seven starts, stormed back by making the cut in 15 of his last 16 events of the season. Turned professional in the summer of 2003 following outstanding collegiate career at Fresno State. Made pro debut at the 2003 FBR Capital Open in Washington, D.C. in June, missed the cut. First professional win came at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship on the Canadian Tour in August 2003. Was the No. 1-ranked college player during his senior year at Fresno State following four consecutive tournament wins in the fall season. Helped Fresno State to the Western Athletic Conference team title in the spring. Five wins during his senior year were more than any other player in the nation. Became the WAC's first three-time Player of the Year. Freshman of the Year in the WAC. Three-time All-American. Ben Hogan Award finalist in 2002. Palmer Cup team member in 2002. Set Fresno State single-season scoring record with a 70.53 average during junior year. Coached by his uncle, Mike, at Fresno State.

National Teams

Palmer Cup (1), 2002; World Cup (1), 2009