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Golf Australia Express : Launch
GOOD news usually comes in threes. But three doesn’t even come close to covering Nick Watney’s weekend. More like five. Twenty-seven holes without a bogey, new king of the PGA Tour money list, a fresh Top 10 ranking, top of the FedEx Cup standings and tying Tiger Woods’ tournament record of 13-under at the AT&T National made for pleasant reading for the American, who was barely in contention heading into the weekend. One-under and bordering on falling away from the leaders, Watney went berserk on Saturday, posting an eight- under 62 to move into a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler, then finishing the job with a sublime 66 to edge South Korean K.J. Choi by two strokes. The fans who turned out NICE ONE NICK hoping to see 22-year-old Fowler’s maiden Tour win went looking for other success stories inside four holes. Fowler trudged to the 10th hole with his card showing a double-bogey nightmare on the par-4 second and another dropped shot at the fourth. He plummeted down the leaderboard to finish tied for 13th at five-under. That’s not to say Watney coasted to the $1.1 million paycheck. He left his luck vault bare, holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 fifth, putting a bunker shot to within two feet for another birdie on the ninth and got up-and-down to save par from more bunkers on the fourth and seventh. The only real challenge in the final round came from Choi, who moved into a share of the lead with a birdie at 14 after earlier trailing by four shots. But his assault was halted on the 15th, where he found the rough, a bunker and then more of the long stuff. The tournament’s Australian contingent wasn’t without its share of things to crow about, with both Adam Scott and Robert Allenby both finishing in the top 10 and finding form just weeks out from the British Open. Scott might wonder what could have been, with his five final-round birdies punctuated by a bogey at the first and a six at the par- 4 10th as he finished in a tie for third. Allenby produced the second best final round of the tournament, shooting a five under 65 to move to eight under and into a share of sixth. OTG “IT’S A VERY ADDICTIVE FEELING TO BE OUT THERE AND UNDER THE GUN. TO BE ABLE TO HIT GOOD SHOTS AND PUTTS IS WHY I PLAY, REALLY.” — Nick Watney, post his AT&T win WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 NICK WATNEY USA -13 $1,116,000 2 K.J. CHOI KOR -11 $669,600 T3 CHARLES HOWELL III USA -9 $322,400 T3 JEFF OVERTON USA -9 $322,400 T3 ADAM SCOTT AUS -9 $322,400 T6 ROBERT ALLENBY AUS -8 $215,450 T6 CHRIS STROUD USA -8 $215,450 T8 BRYCE MOLDER USA -7 $179,800 T8 CHRIS KIRK USA -7 $179,800 T8 WEBB SIMPSON USA -7 $179,800