Fresno States Nick Watley

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 11, 2003, 5:00 pm
Watley
Courtesy of Fresno State Online
 
CLASS: Junior
Hometown: Dixon, Calif.
High School: Davis H.S.
Height/Weight: 62/178
Birthdate: 4/25/1981
 

Fresno State: (1999-00) Competed in 11 of the Bulldogs' 13 tournaments as a true freshman helped the Bulldogs to a 13th place finish at national championships earned six top-20 finishes, including three top-10 finishesnamed WAC Freshman of the Year Bulldogs' medallist at the NCAA West Regional, tying for ninth place WAC Player of the Week (April 24-28) shot eight rounds under par for the season with a low round of 68 qualified for the 2000 U.S. Amateur Golf Championships, shooting 1-over-par 141 to tie for 12th in qualifying round defeated U.S. Public Links Champion D.J. Trahan in first round match play. (2000-01) Finished third at the NCAA Championships named GCAA PING Second Team All-American had two wins, including a school record 200 strokes at San Diego named WAC Player of the Year one of eight players nationally selected to play on the victorious U.S.A. vs. Japan tournament team selected as Golfweek Magazine's National Player of the Weekappeared in the 'Faces of the Crowd' feature of Sports Illustratedqualified for Sweet 16 at Western AmateurQualified for the U.S. Amateur, where he was fourth out of 312 golfers in stroke playreached round of 16 at U.S. AmateurNo.1 ranked in all of District 7owns all-time Fresno State season scoring record (71.46).
Davis High School: Named Delta League MVP was a four-time varsity letter winner.
 
Personal: Born April 25, 1981parents are Debbie and Brent Watney has a younger sister, Kristen his biggest thrill was winning the Yolo Open, shooting a 12-under-par enjoys golf, basketball and skiing plays under his uncle, Mike Watney nickname is 'Roob.'
 
Watney on Watney
'I feel that Ive seen everything good that a college golfer can show me and then Nick goes out and shows me something better. Nick is special and I dont mean that just in the golfing sense. It starts that he is a great person. He is a friend to everyone and it has nothing to do with his golf. However, Nick is driven to succeed. God gave him a good body but Nick continues to do the work necessary to get better and better and still better. I dont think Nick is satisfied unless he beats everyone everytime. That motivates him to work even more, but on the other hand, Nick has a great balance in his life. He knows his faith, family, and friends are most important. But like I said, Nicks focus after that is a relentless pursuit of excellence and it is truly a joy to watch this young man.'
 
Nick Watneys Career Finishes
Place, Tournament , Low Round, Scores
1999-2000
T-36 Husky Invitational 75 79-75-76'230
T-33 Fresno Lexus Golf Classic 72 73-73-72'218
T-39 The Nelson at Stanford 71 74-71-73'218
T-67 Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate 76 78-77-76'231
T-18 Morris Williams Invitational 72 74-78-72'224
T-14 Far Western Intercollegiate 69 69-73-72'214
T-10 ASU Thunderbird 70 70-71-72'213
T-9 Ben Hogan Cougar Classic 68 68-72-74'214
T-13 WAC Championships 71 71-77-73'221
T-9 NCAA West Regional 68 70-68-73'211
T-62 NCAA Championships 70 72-79-70-72'293

2000-01
T-1 Inverness Intercollegiate 68 68-73-72'213
T-10 Pacific Invitational 68 69-78-68'215
T-19 Fresno Lexus Classic 68 73-68-78'219
T-20 The Nelson 68 75-76-68'219
T-2 John Burns Intercollegiate 65 68-71-65'204
T-18 Cleveland Golf Classic 70 78-70'148
1 USD Invitational 66 67-66-67'200
T-5 Cleveland Golf/Morris 70 71-70'141
T-22 Western Intercollegiate 69 71-79-69-219
T-35 ASU Thunderbird/Savane 68 78-68-69'215
T-6 Ben Hogan Cougar Classic 68 74-68-71'213
7 WAC Championships 70 70-77-78'225
T-4 NCAA West Regional 70 71-72-70'213
T-13 NCAA Championships 70 71-70-72-73'286
 
2000-02
1 Fresno Lexus Golf Classic 6371-63-69-203(-13)
T9Pepperdine Intercollegiate 7173-78-71-222(+6)
T29Pacific Invitational 7171-75-77-223(+7)
1Aztec Invitational 6769-67-70-206(-10)
T2Savane All-American 6568-65-70-203(-10)
2Ping Arizona 6473-64-68 '205(-8)
2Taylor Made Invitational 6872-68-71-211 (-5)
T2Cleveland Southwestern 6972-70-69-211 (-5)
T8Bite Pacific Coast Invit. 7171-72-76-219 (+3)
T9 Morris Williams 71 77-73-71-221 (+5)
T5 Western Intercollegiate 69 69-72-69-210 (E)
1 BYU Cougar Classic 66 68-66-134(-10)
T4 WAC CHampionship 70 72-70-70-212(-4)
 
Watneys Career Scorecard (as of 5/1/02)
Year, Rds, Strokes, Avg. Under Par, Top 20, Top 5, Low, W
1999-00 30 2,194 73.13 7 6 0 68 0
2000-01 41 2,930 71.46 25 12 5 65 2
2001-02 38 2,680 70.52 25 12 9 63 3
Career 109 7,804 71,59 57 30 14 63 5

Thompson wins Race, loses tournament after short miss

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

Leaderboard: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15), Lexi Thompson (-14), Jessica Korda (-14), Pernilla Lindberg (-13), Eun-Hee Ji (-13)

What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

Round of the day: Sei Young Kim made the day's biggest charge, turning in a 6-under 66 to close the week in a share of 11th at 10 under. Kim made eight birdies during the final round, including five over her first eight holes en route to her lowest round of the week while erasing a third-round 75.

Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

Shot of the day: There were only three birdies on No. 18 during the final round before Jutanugarn laced one down the fairway and hit a deft approach to 15 feet. The subsequent putt found the target and gave her win No. 7 on her young LPGA career.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.