Thursday, December 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Watney is the ace of Augusta

By
From page B1 | April 11, 2013 |

Masters Golf

DHS graduate Nick Watney retrieves his ball after a hole-in-one on the ninth hole during the Masters par-3 competition on Wednesday. The Masters begins Thursday. AP photo

Special to The Enterprise

Davis High graduate Nick Watney has made a hole-in-one at The Masters. Unfortunately, it was one day too soon as it came during the annual par-3 contest on Wednesday at Augusta National’s much smaller par-3 course.

The former Blue Devil ended the competition tied for first place with Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Ted Potter Jr. and Ernie Els, before Potter Jr. ended up winning on the second playoff hole.

Watney’s ace came on the finishing ninth hole. It landed past the hole and rolled back for several seconds before disappearing into the cup.

But, after his chest-bumping reaction with caddie Chad Reynolds and playing partners Jason Day and Webb Simpson, Watney may want to work on his celebration if he plans on winning the Masters, which begins Thursday.

“Yeah, it was definitely not planned,” Watney said of Wednesday’s impromptu celebration. “I’m sure we looked like fools, but it was fun.”

Fun indeed for the Dixon native who had parents Brent and Debbie in attendance along with his sister Kristen, who had taken a red-eye to get to the event in time to see his special shot. Brent Watney was certainly a proud father on Wednesday, noting that a Masters has never been won by the player who captures the par-3 contest that week.

“It’s perfect,” he said. “Get an ace but don’t win. What could be better? And on the ninth hole, the last hole.”

Dad has seen Nick hit only one other hole-in-one in person — at Spyglass Hill in Carmel during a Callaway Invitational event. This one, coming at Augusta, was even more special:

“I’m going to save it,” Nick Watney said of his lucky golf ball, “Not quite sure what I’m going to do exactly, but I’ll save it.”

As Watney prepares for his sixth Masters, he will be taking on a tough Augusta National course that plays as one of the longest of the season at 7,435 yards. His best finish to date is a tie for seventh in the 2010 Masters, won that year by Mickelson.

After Wednesday, Watney is certainly happy about one aspect of his game going into the first major of 2013:

“I guess my wedge game is pretty good. I’m looking forward to the tournament.”

Watney teed off this morning with Steve Stricker and Ernie Els at 9:13 a.m.

Another ace might be too much to ask, but the 1999 DHS graduate will certainly settle for a win.

— Garrett Johnston is a freelance golf writer 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

    Former foster youths aided by UCD’s Guardian programs

    By Sarah Colwell | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Rain Recyclers saves water for another day

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    City plans signs to improve flow on Fifth Street

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    State gets more rain, big mudslide

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Boston bombing suspect in court for first time since 2013

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    New technology chief will join McNaughton Newspapers

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Feds will discuss Berryessa Snow Mountain protection

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    ‘Longest Night’ service Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Journalist will join post-film discussion Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    City offices will take a winter break

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Konditorei presents free holiday concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Yolo County needs a few good advisers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Per Capita Davis: Time to stop fooling around

    By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

     
    NAMI-Yolo offers free mental health education program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    .

    Forum

    Disagreement on mother’s care

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Marovich is a brilliant diplomat

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    And a jolly time was had by all

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Remember that all lives matter

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Pollution from electric vehicles

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    On skiing: What to know when buying new skis

    By Jeffrey Weidel | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devil boys host Les Curry beginning Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD women gear up for second half of swim season

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie men begin 4-game road trip at Air Force

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Youth roundup: DBC Juniors rider Kanz wins a cyclocross event

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    College Corner: How does applying for financial aid work?

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: B3

     
    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B3

     
    Anniversary: Barbara and Jan Carter

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Something growing in the mailbox

    By Don Shor | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

    Sing and dance along to Cold Shot at Froggy’s

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Point of Brew: Recollections of Christmases past

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A7

    Golden Bough brings Irish holidays to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Come ‘Home for the Holidays’ and benefit school arts

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, December 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Last Minute Gift Guide

    Young phenoms make YouTube success look like child’s play

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG1

    Classic or contemporary, it’s all holiday music to our ears

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG2

    Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG3

    Holiday decorating contest winners light up our lives

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: LMG4 | Gallery

    Gift ideas for the health-conscious

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: LMG6

    Hall of Fame proudly puts these toys on the shelf

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG7