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Nicholas Alan "Nick" Watney (born April 25, 1981) is an Americanmarker professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Watney was born in Sacramento, Californiamarker. He played his high school golf at Davis Senior High School in Davis, Californiamarker. He played collegiate golf under his uncle Mike Watney at the California State University, Fresnomarker where he was a three-time All-American golfer. He turned professional in 2003, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Watney, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s. His cousin is journalist Heidi Watney. His first victory came later that year at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial on the Canadian Tour. The next year he played on the Nationwide Tour, and after winning the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship Watney earned qualification for the PGA Tour.

In 2007, after two years of slow progress, Watney won his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This victory took Watney into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He got his second tour win at the 2009 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Coursemarker in San Diego with a one stroke victory over John Rollins, taking him to his highest position yet in the World Golf Rankings, number 76. He has featured in the top 30 of the World Golf Rankings.

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 22, 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans -15 (69-67-68-69=273) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Ken Duke]] |- |2 |Feb 8, [[2009 PGA Tour|2009]] |[[Buick Invitational]] |-11 (69-69-71-68=277) 1 stroke John Rollins

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

Canadian Tour wins (1)

  • 2003 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2007 2008 2009
The Mastersmarker DNP T11 19
U.S. Open CUT T60 CUT
The Open Championship T35 DNP T27
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut

"T" = tied

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances


  1. Wild for Watney Fresno Bee, April 23 2007
  2. The journey of Nick Watney, John Berkovich,, August 22 2005

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