by Jeff Skinner
Nick Watney celebrated the Fourth of July a bit early as he played well enough to hold off K.J. Choi and give Watney his second victory of the season at The A.T & T. National. Watney really got his game moving on the weekend when he shot a sizzling 62 on Saturday to vault him into the lead. He kept the heat on Sunday as he started with three birdies on the front nine on his way to a four under final round. His main threat came from Choi who had tied him for the lead at the fourteenth hole but after Choi had a double bogey on fifteen Watney had clear sailing to the winner’s circle.
The day started with so much potential excitement for the final grouping. Watney and Rickie Fowler were tied for the lead and Choi was one stroke back. This season we have watched Watney blossom into one of the best players in the world. Choi, who also had a win already this season, is one of the most consistent players on tour and is unflappable down the stretch. Probably the most popular player in the threesome was Rickie Fowler who is still searching for his first win.
Fowler has been near the lead on Sunday before but has always failed to close the deal. Yesterday was no different. He doubled the second hole and took bogey on the fourth. From that point on he was nothing more than a spectator as his 74 dropped him twelve places into a tie for thirteenth. He is still very young, 22 but the pressure has to be on Fowler to finally put the hammer down on Sunday and get his first win.
Watney’s win puts him to tenth in the Official World Golf Rankings and he now leads the PGA Tour’s Money list and FedEx Cup points.