by Jeff Skinner
Nick Watney has had a history of failing to deal with the pressure on Sunday afternoons but he looked like a cool customer at Doral as he dispatched Dustin Johnson with a few clutch putts down the stretch. Watney may have a new weapon to deal with the pressures of the tour. It’s his caddy Chad Reynolds that keeps him from being too tight when the pressure builds. Reynolds has been in the heat of battle before as he bagged for Vijay Singh for awhile. He knows how to keep Watney loose enough so he can perform his best and not let the pressure get to him. Steve Elling has the lowdown on Watney and Reynolds.
Tiger Woods was very optimistic after his final round 66 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Jeff Rude says he was in such a great mood he even signed some autographs and posed for a picture or two with some children. Who can blame him? This is the best he has played in months.
Michael Bradley has a pretty good gig. It seems that if he shows up at The Puerto Rico Open he has a good chance of winning it. For the second time in three years Bradley was able to win in Puerto Rico and it makes his year. Bradley has two other previous PGA Tour wins, the 1996 Buick Challenge and the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open. Bradley gets $630,000 for the win along with a two year PGA Tour exemption and a trip to Hawaii for the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Not a bad gig for a 44 year old pro.
Three time major champion Nick Price held on to his wire to wire lead at the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic and earned his fourth victory on the senior circuit. Price held off Mark Weibe for a one stroke win and the $255,000 paycheck.