Nick Watney is probably a lot better at golf than you would think. I don’t mean that as an indictment of your PGA Tour knowledge, or even of his ability as a golfer. Nick Watney is just one of those guys. He’s not a huge name, he’s not super flashy or outspoken, he doesn’t have some unique hitch in his swing or generate a ton of discussion one way or the other. He plays for Titleist, like a lot of golfers. He hits a ProV1x, like a lot of golfers. You’ve probably heard his name, even got him a few times on television, but for casual golfers and golf fans, Nick Watney doesn’t really stand out. It just so happens that he’s really good at golf. Good enough, that in a more fair world, he’d already be a household name on the PGA Tour. After his win at the AT&T National, that process may be officially beginning.
Before the tournament, Nick Watney was ranked 15th in the world. 15th. That number seems incredibly high to me given the lack of coverage on the guy. He’s now 10th. By this measure, there are only 9 people in the world who are currently better at golf than Nick Watney. This wasn’t even his first win of the season, he was the highest ranked golfer in the entire field this weekend, and still, something tells me The Orange One, Ricky Fowler, was by far the most popular golf club swinger out there, and definitely the prevailing fan favorite going into the final round. This is just kind of the way things are. I’m not judging the reality of the situation, just pointing out that these things are kind of remarkable when spelled out all simple like. As we know, Fowler faltered (in the biz, that’s what we call alliteration, kids), K.J. Choi shocked the world and somehow double bogeyed a hole (seriously, that guy is a consistent machine, I could not believe it), and Watney ground on. Hitting greens and two putting, staying steady through the final holes for an almost mistake free waltz to victory. He isn’t a Twitter superstar, or draped in highlighter orange, or prone to saying silly things in interviews, but for Nick Watney, I have to believe a regular old solid W will be just fine.
Here are the golf clubs Nick Watney used:
Driver: Titleist 910D3 (10.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 Shaft
Fairway Wood: Titleist 910F 3-Wood (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 93 Shaft
Hybrid: Titleist 910H Hybrid (21°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS9 Shaft
Irons: Titleist AP2 712 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Wedges (54° and 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x