GREENSBORO, N.C. – If it looks like Nick Watney has some extra bags under his eyes, don’t adjust your television set.
Watney and wife Amber became parents in March with the addition of a daughter, Harper. Watney holds a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Wyndham Championship, but after a trying 2014 season he admits that adjusting to parenthood hasn’t been easy.
“It’s been a learning process. Hopefully I’m over the hump,” he said. “Some nights she’s not going to sleep very much, and then I definitely need to help out a little more than just after a round, go home and watch TV and lay around.”
A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, Watney hasn’t won since The Barclays in 2012 but is in position to end that drought after making only one bogey across his first 54 holes at Sedgefield Country Club. He added that he has sought counsel from fellow parents Bill Haas and Webb Simpson, two players who remain within striking distance of his lead with one round to play.
“The Tour is a bit of a traveling circus, I guess,” Watney said. “We’re all sort of doing life out here on the road. The guys have been really nice about it.”
After a slow start to 2014, Watney has finally started to turn a corner in recent weeks, finishing T-12 at the RBC Canadian Open and T-8 at the Barracuda Championship earlier this month, as parenting becomes more of an acquired skill.
“I wouldn’t change anything about her being here, but it’s just different,” he said. “I guess time management is the biggest thing, and wanting to be there for her and my wife and still, you know, try to become a good player.”