Final tee shot costs Watney at Wyndham


Nick Watney shot even par to finish T-5. (Getty)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club plays sharply downhill, so Nick Watney couldn’t see as his title hopes at the Wyndham Championship hit a cart path and bounced out of bounds.

Watney began the final round with a one-shot lead over Brad Fritsch, and after a slow start he appeared ready to take command of the tournament after a birdie on the 11th hole once again gave him sole possession of the lead.

He bogeyed the 14th hole, though, and after failing to take advantage of the par-5 15th he headed to the final hole at 16 under, one shot behind clubhouse leader Camilo Villegas. His final tee shot drifted right, and ultimately landed a few feet out of bounds in a yard that borders the final fairway. The double bogey dropped Watney into a tie for fifth after a final-round 70.

“I knew what was at stake, and I just pushed it a little bit,” Watney said. “I thought it was in play to be honest with you, kind of snuck up on me over there. Extremely disappointed.”

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Watney was in search of his sixth PGA Tour win, but first since The Barclays in 2012. Despite the final-hole setback, he’ll now head into the playoffs with the momentum of three top-15 finishes in his last four starts after enduring a disappointing stretch for much of the season.

“Lot of positives from these last four events,” he said. “It’s hard to think about that right now, but when I go home, a lot of good stuff and who knows, (get) hot at the right time and you can go far. That’s the goal.”