Watney fires 67 to win by two at Doral|
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Nick Watney fired a five-under 67 Sunday to come
from behind and win the WGC-Cadillac Championship by two shots.
Watney finished at 16-under-par 272 and won for the first time on the European
Tour and the third time on the PGA Tour.
"I'm not sure it owed me one. I definitely felt I had something for this
course, and I think I settled the score," said Watney in a television
interview, referring to his one-stroke loss to Phil Mickelson in 2009 in which
Watney's birdie putt at the last stopped on the lip of the cup.
The 29-year-old Watney used four birdies and a bogey in a five-hole stretch
from the eighth to pass Dustin Johnson for the lead.
Johnson, who struggled with his putter all day, could have forced a playoff
with an eagle on the par-four 18th, but his approach ended nine feet from the
hole. He shot a 71 and finished second at 14-under 274.
Europeans Anders Hansen (67) and Francesco Molinari (69) shared third place at
13-under-par 275 at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Six-time champion Tiger Woods matched Rickie Fowler for the low round of the
day, six-under 66s. Woods jumped 20 spots and into a tie for 10th place at
eight-under 280, while Fowler ended alone in eighth at minus-10.
Woods collected seven birdies and a bogey in his round. It was his first
top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since sharing fourth at last year's U.S. Open.
The 66 was Woods' lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 65 in round two of the
Deutsche Bank Championship last September.
"Today, I hit a lot of good golf shots and when I did mishit one, I knew what
the fix was right away, and I got right back on my run of hitting good shots
again. That feels good," Woods stated.
Johnson began the day with a two-shot lead, but Hunter Mahan birdied four of
the first six holes and Matt Kuchar birdied the three of the first five to
create a three-way tie for the lead.
Mahan played the final 12 holes in five-over par to end seven back. Kuchar
slipped out of a tie for the lead with a bogey on the seventh. He had two more
bogeys and a birdie in a round of 71 and finished alone in fifth place at 12-
Johnson two-putted for birdie on No. 1 to push his lead back to two shot over
Watney. However, Johnson parred his next 12 holes to remain at 14-under par.
Watney converted a 12-footer for birdie on the first and came right back with
a four-foot birdie effort on the second to get to minus-13. He stumbled to a
bogey on the fourth to slip to 12-under and parred the next three.
At the par-five eighth, Watney chipped within a foot and kicked that in for
birdie. He came right back with an 11-foot birdie putt on nine to join Johnson
atop the leaderboard at 14-under.
Watney took the lead with his third birdie in a row, a five-footer on the par-
five 10th. He coughed up a shot with a three-putt bogey from the fringe at 11.
He rebounded with a four-foot birdie putt on the 12th to regain the lead at
Johnson ended his long run of pars with a two-foot birdie putt on the 14th to
join Watney in the lead. Johnson found sand with his approach on the 16th and
blasted to 17 feet. His par-saving putt came up just short and he was again
Watney drained a 17-footer for par on 13 and had 10 feet for birdie on 14, but
failed to convert. He poured in a 24-foot par-saving putt on 15 and followed
with pars on 16 and 17. Watney sank a 12-foot birdie effort at the last to go
"I know Dustin is a great player, and I wanted to make him hole it in order to
tie," said Watney, who double-bogeyed the 18th in Saturday's third round. "It
worked out great. After yesterday, I couldn't ask for a better ending."
Johnson missed an 18-foot birdie try on 17, then watched from the fairway as
Watney birdied the last to extend his lead to two.
Needing to hole out to force a playoff, Johnson's approach landed inside five
feet, but rolled nine feet past the cup. Johnson missed the birdie try and
finished two back.
"I didn't make any putts. I hit the ball really well, you know, drove it good
and even rolled it pretty well, just nothing went in the hole for me all day,"
said Johnson in a televised interview. "The 18th hole kind of sums it up, I
hit a good putt and it U-turns and comes right back at me."
Adam Scott (71) and Luke Donald (72) shared sixth at 11-under-par 277.
Ernie Els, the 2010 champion, carded a three-under 69 to finish tied for 15th
at minus-seven. Mickelson, the 2009 winner, carded two birdies and six bogeys
in a round of four-over 76. He shared 55th place at plus-four.
NOTES: Johnson fell to 2-2 when holding the 54-hole lead...The previous three
times he was the 54-hole leader were all at Pebble Beach, twice in the Pebble
Beach Pro-Am and once at the U.S. Open...The European Tour returns to action
next week with a new event in Italy, the Sicilian Open Golf...The PGA Tour
remains in Florida for the Transitions Championship, where Jim Furyk will
defend his title.
03/13 20:42:17 ET