Watney rallies from five back to win Buick

SAN DIEGO — One of the lessons Nick Watney took from playing for his uncle at Fresno State was that winning is never easy. That’s why he didn’t lose hope Sunday in the Buick Invitational when he was three shots behind with five holes to play.

First came a mini-collapse by John Rollins, a combination of bad swings and bad breaks.

Then it was a 40-foot birdie putt across the 16th green by Watney, who remembered the severity of the slope at the back of the green from when he three-putted at the U.S. Open last summer at Torrey Pines.

Watney never took the lead until the final shot of the tournament, a 2½-foot birdie putt to complete a five-shot comeback for his second career victory.

“If you’re going to lead for one hole, this is the time to do it,” he said.

Watney, who appeared to be along for the ride for most of the final round, birdied two of his last three holes and didn’t drop a shot over the final 11 holes in closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory. Continue reading “Watney rallies from five back to win Buick”