Watney Moving To The Top In PGA Tour

Nick Watney Looking Strong

Doug Ferguson | Associated Press
DORAL, Fla. — With two key par putts and a birdie on the 18th hole at Doral that is sure to become a defining moment for Nick Watney, he won a World Golf Championship and pushed his way into the conversation of top American golfers.

It sure didn’t look as if Watney was headed there six months ago.

Golf had been a struggle since his 81 in the final round of the PGA Championship. He was playing for the sixth time in seven weeks, all while planning to get married.

So when he finished the second round of the Tour Championship toward the bottom of the pack, his caddie told him he was toast and called him “Melba.”

Watney was nodding his head when he stopped.

Melba?

Melba toast, caddie Chad Reynolds explained, although it became clear Watney had never heard of it.

The joke lasted until Watney closed with 63-67 — someone even left a box of Melba toast in his locker on the weekend — and nearly captured the FedExCup. He hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in official PGA Tour events since then.

Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship was the sweetest of all for so many reasons.

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