Friday, December 26, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Watney winning at Wells Fargo

By
From page B1 | May 03, 2013 |

DHS graduate Nick Watney watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday at Quail Hollow. Watney shot a 5-under 67 and was tied for first place heading into the second round. AP photo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After using five birdies and no bogeys to shoot below par for the seventh time in his past eight competitive rounds, Davis High graduate Nick Watney was one of seven players tied for the lead after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Tuesday.

The former Blue Devil continued a hot streak that has seen him finish 15th, 13th and 27th in his last three tournament.

Watney played in the morning at Quail Hollow, shooting a 5-under 67 to join Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus, Daniel Summerhays, Monday qualifier Nate Smith, PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst and PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy at the top.

Playing in the afternoon, McIlroy kept the ball in play to run off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn. He joined the crowd in first place with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

It was the first time this year McIlroy has been atop the leaderboard after any round, and the first time he broke par in the opening round.

“Now that I feel like I’m swinging it well, this is the sort of golf I expect to play,” McIlroy said.

Phil Mickelson and Lucas Glover were in a large group at 68, with 19-year-old Jordan Spieth in another big group at 69.

The talk going into the Wells Fargo Championship was the shape of the greens. Two of the putting surfaces had to be entirely replaced by sod just a week ago — the 10th green had to be sodded twice — and the other greens were ragged. Some had ugly patches of brown where there was no grass.

But they weren’t as bad as players feared, and there wasn’t much public grumbling, mainly because Quail Hollow has a history of being in pristine shape and players seemed willing to accept this is an exceptionally bad year.

“It was fine,” Boo Weekley said after his 68. “First off, they were pretty smooth. It ain’t 100 percent, but I mean they’re good enough to play golf on.”

The bigger problem was cool, soft conditions that made Quail Hollow seem longer than usual. That’s why McIlroy was so pleased with missing only three fairways. The greens weren’t smooth, but they were soft enough that getting into position off the tee was pivotal in setting up birdie chances.

Comments

comments

Staff and wire reports

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Exchange students bring the world to Davis

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

     
    Pastor has many plans for CA House

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to UCD campus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Goats help recycle Christmas trees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Playing Santa

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Special holiday gifts

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A3

    Woodland-Davis commute bus service expands

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Learn fruit tree tips at free class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Bike Club hears about British cycling tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Pick up a Davis map at Chamber office

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Explorit: Get a rise out of science

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

    NAMI meeting offers family support

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Yoga, chanting intro offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    How much for the calling birds?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Blamed for her sister’s rage

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Steve Sack cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Many ensured a successful parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Thanks for putting food on the table

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Two more for the road for 9-1 Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Patterson is college football’s top coach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Clippers get a win over Golden State

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    NBA roundup: Heat beat Cavs in LeBron’s return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Unbroken': A bit underwhelming

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Folk musicians will jam on Jan. 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, December 26, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7

     
    Comics: Thursday, December 26, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: A9