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Nick Watney Sinks Birdie on 18 to Beat Snedeker by 3

by Kenny Ducey

Sergio finishes tied for 3rd, Woods +1

It was an up and down day for just about everyone on the course, even winner Nick Watney.
He nearly carded a 1-over back 9, but thanks to a birdie putt on the 18th he finished 2-under for the day. “To make birdie at the last…it was awesome.”
There was the possibility of a playoff if Watney had bogeyed 18 and Sergio birdied. After all, Watney had bogeyed it two days in a row. “There was no playing safe,” he said.
Sergio Garcia, on the other hand, was right next to Watney’s name on the leaderboard nearly the whole day until he made three bogeys on the back 9 to finish 3-Over for the day. Was it tough for Sergio? Sure. But as he put it, “it’s been a very good two weeks.” A very good two weeks indeed, he’s now tenth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Brandt Snedeker is eight spots ahead of Sergio after picking up 1,500 points, finishing second at -7 after a birdie at the last.
Watney’s your new leader at the top – 2 spots ahead of old leader Tiger Woods. What once looked like a promising day for Woods turned sour; he made an improbable par save on the par-3 eighth to help him get to even for the front. Things got ugly from there, as he missed a gimme putt for bogey on 14 en route to a 5-over day.
The greens finally got some water today, and it resulted in lots of confusion among the players and caddies on speed and break. Watney managed to get by fine, and he’s going to remember that tonight when he’s out with his wife, Adam Scott, Tim Clark, and Charley Hoffman.


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