Nick Watney Wins The AT&T National
Nick Watney earned his second victory of the season by capturing the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club this week in record fashion. Watney set a new course record on Saturday when he shot an 8-under 62. He joins Mark Wilson and Bubba Watson as the only players with multiple PGA TOUR victories in 2011.
Watney shot 13-under for the tournament, just two strokes better than K.J. Choi who finished at 11-under. The turning point for Watney came on the backside on Saturday. After shooting even part on the front by making bogey on the 8th and 9th holes, Watney shot an amazing 8-under, 27, on the back. He made six birdies, an eagle, and two pars on is way into the record books. Watney played the final 27 holes of the tournament at 12-under par and didn't make a single bogey during that stretch.
The win comes after a disappointing U.S. Open where Watney missed the cut. In fourteen starts this season he has made the cut 12 times and has eight top 10's, including his two victories and a top 25. The win moves him into 10th in the Official World Golf Rankings and first place in the FedEx Cup Standings.
AT&T National Notables
Rickie Fowler came into Sunday tied for the lead with Nick Watney but was 4-over for the day and finished in a tie for 13th. It hasn’t been a great year for the young Fowler who came in to 2011 with high expectations. He has made the cut in 12 of 16 events but has finished in the top 10 only twice (once in stroke play events). This compared to a year ago when he finished in the top 10 7 times including two second place finishes.
K.J. Choi looked to be back in form after a disappointing U.S. Open where he missed the cut. He shot 3-under on Sunday to finish in second place, just two strokes behind Watney. The second place finish moved Choi into second place in the FedEx Cup standings. Choi continues to impress this year. His win at The PLAYERS along with six top 10's has made him a man to watch each week on TOUR.
The PGA TOUR moves to Silvis, Illinois for the John Dear Classic. Top ranked American Steve Stricker is the defending champion.