Fresno States Nick Watley
Courtesy of Fresno State Online
Hometown: Dixon, Calif.
High School: Davis H.S.
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
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
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
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
Schauffele just fine being the underdog
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.
Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.
Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.
“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”
Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.
“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”
Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1
Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.
So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.
Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.
Jordan Spieth: 7/4
Xander Schauffele: 5/1
Kevin Kisner: 11/2
Tiger Woods: 14/1
Francesco Molinari: 14/1
Rory McIlroy: 14/1
Kevin Chappell: 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1
Alex Noren: 25/1
Zach Johnson: 30/1
Justin Rose: 30/1
Matt Kuchar: 40/1
Webb Simpson: 50/1
Adam Scott: 80/1
Tony Finau: 80/1
Charley Hoffman: 100/1
Austin Cook: 100/1
Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.
For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.
By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.
But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.
As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.
“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”
Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.
As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.
But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.
After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.
“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”
But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.
Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.
“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.
There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.
Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par.
And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.
As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.
“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”
Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.
Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.
The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.
Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.
It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.
Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.
One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.
McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.
“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”
McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.
“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”