Watney hoping switch to Anderson will jump-start year


Nick Watney is hoping a change in swing coaches will help jump-start a disappointing year. 

Watney, who has spent much of his career with Butch Harmon, began talking with Todd Anderson after the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I like what he has to say about my swing,” Watney told reporters Tuesday at The Barclays, where he is the defending champion. “I’m excited about moving forward.”

Watney, a two-time winner a year ago, enters the FedEx Cup Playoffs at No. 63 in the points standings, after a regular season in which he recorded just two top 10s in 22 starts. He is No. 33 in the Official World Ranking. 

Watney admitted that no aspect of his game has been sharp this season, and there’s some truth to that. Save for greens hit (11th), he is outside the top 75 in driving accuracy (84th), strokes gained-putting (149th), adjusted scoring average (123rd) and all-around (91st).

Watney said his recent work with Anderson, who also coaches Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel, is “not an overhaul” but more “a bit of refining.”

Said Watney, “I’m excited in the near future, getting to play obviously, but in the offseason having some time to really get into it and hit the ground running next season.”