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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
What a year it’s been for American Nick Watney. Quiet by nature, this 1981-born golfer has everybody on Tour talking. Two wins this season, a real chance to win the FedEx Cup, and inclusion on the US Presidents Cup team has shown you don’t need to be loud to make a statement. PLAYER THE QUIET ACHIEVER NICK WATNEY doesn’t say much. He leaves the talking to his clubs. And 2011 has seen his sticks gob off more than any other year. Two wins on the PGA Tour at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and AT&T National events had the quiet American sitting atop the FedEx Cup table leading into The Playoffs. From 18 events he’s finished 14 times inside the top 25 and nine of those inside the top 10. And his had a healthy injection of funds, too—more than US$4.5 million this season thus far. Watney’s consistent year is highlighted by his position on several PGA Tour key stats: second in putting strokes gained, third in scoring average, and fifth in birdie average. Watney’s rise through the ranks of golf has echoed his personality—calm, consistent and steady. Turning pro in 2003, he followed the footsteps of his uncle Mike who had a stint on the PGA Tour during the 1970s. Watney played the 2003 season on the Canadian Tour where he had his first professional win before stepping up to the Nationwide Tour and winning the season ending Nationwide Tour Championship the following year. He joined the PGA Tour in 2005 and since then has steadily gone about his business to finally break into the world top 10, before slipping outside it to No.11, where he currently sits.