Watney tied for Wells lead despite shank on 17


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nick Watney stood on the par-3 17th tee at the Wells Fargo Championship on Saturday leading by two strokes, then hit what can only be categorized as a shank.

“I don't know what happened, to be honest,” he said afterward. “I was kind of fighting my swing all day, just trying to keep it in play. I hit a few shots off the heel with my driver and 3-wood off the tee, but obviously that was just terrible, a terrible result.

“I haven't done that for a really long time. I can't remember really the last time I did that in a tournament, so it was a bit unsettling.”

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The shank notwithstanding, it was still a solid day for Watney, who posted a 1-under 71 to enter the final round in a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson.

“Big picture, I'm tied for the lead and I would have taken that on Thursday morning,” he explained. “Probably wouldn't have liked the way that if you told me that was going to happen. Unfortunately, I can't change it now, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”