Watney Makes Things Right at Doral
By mustang6560 on 3/14/11
Nick Watney got his redemption at Doral Sunday.

In 2009, Watney faced a chip on the 18th that finished one revolution short of forcing a playoff with Phil Mickelson. On the 18th yesterday, Watney was starring down a 13-foot birdie putt that would have sealed the deal and forced Dustin Johnson to hole out from the fairway to send the tournament into a playoff. Watney would not be denied again.
The feeling that came after he sank that 13-foot birdie putt -- one of just three surrendered by the treacherous par 4 in the final round -- was even better, though. The two-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson was the third of Watney's career and propelled him to second in the FedExCup standings and on the PGA TOUR money list.

"It's the biggest day of my golfing career," Watney said. "With the way yesterday ended and two years ago, it means a whole lot, and I'm very, very excited."
I couldn't help but find myself rooting for Watney down the stretch yesterday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. For those who watched the finale yesterday, you have to admit it was very compelling. Dustin, Nick and Matt Kuchar were all in contention at one point during the final round. Hunter Mahan had an epic melt down on 12 and 13 posting a bogey then double-bogey. Ouch!

Going into 18, Watney only had a one stroke lead over Dustin Johnson. A day earlier, he put one in the water which led to a double-bogey. The anticipation was building. Who was going to win? Would Watney melt down like Mahan or would Dustin pull three great shots out of the bag and send the tournament into a playoff? Nope. Like Stuart Scott on ESPN likes to say, "Watney was as cool as the other side of the pillow.

For the Tiger fans out there, look who posted a 66... He was never a threat to win, but his top 10 finish will definitely help turn around his confidence, which we all know is the only thing that's holding him back. Could we see Tiger again in a green jacket soon?



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[ comments ]
lcgolfer64 says:
Why can't I like this guy?... There's just something about him that drives me nuts.
3/14/11
 
Banker85 says:
seems like a normal easy to get along with dude to me. good tournament all around.
3/14/11
 
homermania says:
I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but there wasn't a whole lot of personality showing through during his post-win interview. Great job, regardless!
3/14/11
 
mmontisano says:
what a rube!
3/15/11
 
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