Sunday, September 21, 2014
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

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Teams assess damage as wildfire burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Driver arrested for DUI after Saturday morning crash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Help raise funds for juvenile diabetes cure

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Jewelry, art for sale at Senior Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Community Meals needs cooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Da Vinci awarded $38,000 for restorative justice program

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Hawk Hill trip planned Sept. 30

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Send kids to camp!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Outdoor yoga marathon celebrates community

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Wise words

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Awareness is key to this fight

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Where is this going?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A6

    We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A6

     
    Options for protection come with flu season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Don’t sell city greenbelt

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Paso Fino project is flawed

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino — it’s not worth it

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Archer will get my vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    It’s time for Davis Scouts to stand up for what is right

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Mike Keefe cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Building something at schools’ HQ

    By Our View | From Page: A10

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Maybe David can beat Goliath again

    By Lynne Nittler | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    DHS gets on its Morse to beat Edison

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    JV Blue Devils drop low-scoring affair

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B2

     
    Republic FC’s fairy tale season continues

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Giants rally falls short in San Diego

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Four local swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    ‘We’re a way better team’ than record, says UCD’s Shaffer

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie men pound Pomona-Pitzer in the pool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4

    Davis 15-year-old making a splash in European F4 series

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Ladies Foursome’ adds shows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    .

    Business

    MBI hires VP of marketing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Styles on target for November debut

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7

     
    Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

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

    Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Carol L. Walsh

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, September 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8