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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who is Nicholas Alan Watney?

Who is Nicholas Alan Watney? The golfing world knows him Nick Watney, he is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Watney was born April 25, 1981  in Sacramento, California. He played his high school golf at Davis Senior High School in Davis, California. He played collegiate golf under his uncle Mike Watney at the California State University, Fresno where he was a three-time All-American golfer.

Watney turned professional in 2003, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Watney, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s. His cousin is journalist Heidi Watney. His first victory came later that year at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial on the Canadian Tour. The next year he played on the Nationwide Tour, and after winning the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship Watney earned qualification for the PGA Tour.

In 2007, after two years of slow progress, Watney won his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This victory took Watney into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He got his second tour win at the 2009 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego with a one stroke victory over John Rollins, taking him to his highest position yet in the World Golf Rankings, number 76. He has featured in the top 30 of the World Golf Rankings.
In the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Watney had a three shot lead going into the final round. However, he shot a final round of 81 which dropped him back to a tie for 18th place.

Professional wins (5)PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Apr 22, 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans -15 (69-67-68-69=273) 3 strokes United States Ken Duke
2 Feb 8, 2009 Buick Invitational -11 (69-69-71-68=277) 1 stroke United States John Rollins

 Nationwide Tour wins (1)

 Canadian Tour wins (1)

  • 2003 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship

 Other wins (1)

 Results in major championships

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010
The Masters DNP T11 19 7
U.S. Open CUT T60 CUT 76
The Open Championship T35 DNP T27 T7
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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