Tuesday, March 31, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Watney can’t catch Woods

By
From page B1 | January 29, 2013 |

DHS graduate Nick Watney studies his birdie putt on the first green of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Watney finished in a tie for fourth behind winner Tiger Woods. AP photo

SAN DIEGO — When the second half of the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open began Monday at Torrey Pines, Davis High graduate Nick Watney was six shots back and the only player with any hope of catching a sizzling Tiger Woods.

But with only 10 holes to play, the former Blue Devil would have needed a performance along the lines of the record 28 he shot on the back nine in 2011 to catch up. Watney, however, went the other way, struggling through Monday’s play at 2-over par — shooting a 38 on the back nine — to finish 9-under in a tie for fourth behind Woods, who completed his landmark 75th win.

Woods wrapped up the event with a four-shot victory over Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, his eighth win at Torrey Pines. With the 75th PGA Tour victory, Woods is now second all-time, only seven short of the legendary Sam Snead.

This was the caliber of performance that sport has come to expect from Woods since he delivered emphatically at the 1997 Masters, winning by 12 strokes. It also harkened back to a time when Woods won consistently, and by significant margins.

Against arguably the best field of the early season at the Farmers, Woods’ pursuers were hardly able to sustain a substantial charge at his lead.

Last year’s champion Snedeker ran out of holes quickly and completed his final five holes at even par, eventually tying for second place with Teater.

In each of the eight seasons that Woods has won at Torrey Pines, he has finished that campaign with at least four tournament victories. So, is Tiger back?

“I never left,” Woods told the media. “All I can do is control what I do on the golf course.

“I would like to win eight or nine times a year; that’s not a bad thing.”

Woods’ schedule remains characteristically uncertain from here, but next week will be big for Watney, who is coming off of two consecutive top-15 finishes to start the year. Not only will he be playing at the Phoenix Open beginning Thursday, but his beloved San Francisco 49ers will be playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl, an event he says he’s looking forward to.

“One game is tough, but I think the Niners are a better team,” Watney told The Enterprise. “I like watching the safeties — Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson. Those guys put it to ‘em.”

If Watney keeps playing like he has early in his season, the 49ers might want to return the favor and check him out.

— Garrett Johnston is a sports writer and video producer based in Sacramento. He has been covering the PGA Tour for the past eight years, and has followed Watney closely for the past three.

Comments

comments

Garrett Johnston

.

News

 
Coroner confirms West Davis deaths were murder-suicide

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Special playground dedication slated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Bob Dunning: Wrap your head around our MRAP need

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Solo crash kills Woodland man, 22

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Officials say Iran nuke talks will continue in new phase

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Police: Missing athlete died on freeway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
French eye cockpit entry rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
‘Old Autos’ at Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Poker tourney benefits DMTC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Camp Shakespeare begins Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis tops list of best schools for the buck

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

 
Lenten giving project highlights climate justice

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

DCCNS plans open house April 8

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Parent-child open house previews new Waldorf classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Summer garden alert!

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Davis FFA and ag students host plant sale

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Parenting class meets Tuesdays

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Neighbors invited to adopt Willow Creek Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Yolo animal shelter seeks donations

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
RSVP for Gerber Young Community Leader reception

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Pence Gallery recruiting volunteers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Move over, Muggles

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A5

Tour de Cluck has selected its coops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CBH hosts Passover Community Potluck Seder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

City extends nomination period for Huynh Awards

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Meeting examines Northstar Pond priorities

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

.

Forum

Maybe he loves the outdoors …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Why can’t we be friends?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

A conversation about power

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
A California comeback for gerrymandering?

By Tom Elias | From Page: A8

César Chávez’s peaceful civil disobedience forged a great legacy

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
.

Sports

 
Over the years, The Show has been a reach for Davis

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UC Davis opens hopeful spring football camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
A very palpable hit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Sleiffer seals Aggie tennis victory over Montana

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Grizzlies beat Kings to end three-game skid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
Snubbed Temple, returning Stanford highlight NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

.

Features

.

Arts

30 years of dance in Davis with Pamela Trokanski

By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Thursday Live! plans a blues party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Jane Lynch performance rescheduled to August

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Hear some April Fool’s night jazz

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Dance the night away at house party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ a delightful family show

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Mischief to play at Picnic in the Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Yolo Mambo will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7