European Golf Tour
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- under 276.

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 15-under.

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 one back.

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 two ahead.

"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