Category: Nick Watney


June 02, 2013

Butch Harmon quits Twitter after Nick Watney comment

Posted at 4:01 PM by Mike Walker

Harmon_blogGolf coach Butch Harmon announced he was quitting Twitter after making a comment about his student Nick Watney's poor play on the social-networking service.

After Watney shot 82-77 to miss the cut at the Memorial, Harmon tweeted: "Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems.” A few minutes later, Harmon posted a follow-up tweet: "Or some physical problems he can’t shoot that high."

Golfweek's Alex Miceli asked Watney about Harmon's tweet; Watney's response: "Interesting. No comment." Then Miceli talked to Harmon:

Harmon spoke about the posts after the fact.

"It was a mistake on my part, I love the kid like a son," Harmon said remorsefully by cellphone. " I was more frustrated than anything for him that he played the way he played. When he was here last week, I'd never seen him hit it better. I didn't mean to offend anyone and look forward to working with Nick to get ready for Merion."

Harmon had echoed those thoughts in another Twitter post as well:

"Don't mean to upset all the Watney fans was just thinking out (loud) .Nick is like a son to me I love him .He will be fine by the US Open."

Harmon chimed in via Twitter one more time Friday:

"Thank you to all of you who have chosen to follow me, but after a big mistake today I'm off twitter best to all . By By" -- by evening his account was still active, with no further posts.

In addition to Watney, Harmon works with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, and coached Tiger Woods for years. Harmon caused a minor stir on Twitter earlier this year when he posted that his student Natalie Gulbis had malaria. Gulbis' agent initially denied that Gulbis had malaria, but it turned out that Harmon was correct.

Photo: Getty Images

April 19, 2013

Video: Rory McIlroy channels Tiger in new Nike commerical

Posted at 12:21 PM by Mike Walker

We'll charitably call Nike's new Rory McIlroy commercial an "homage" to Tiger Woods bouncing a ball off his wedge in Nike's famous 1999 commercial. The video features McIlroy's Nike stablemates Kyle Stanley, Nick Watney, Suzann Pettersen and Paul Casey, but not Woods, whose absence is conspicuous. Take a look:

Now watch Tiger's 1999 Nike commercial, aka, the greatest sports commercial ever:

October 17, 2012

Tiger Woods's tournament gets new sponsor, star-studded field

Posted at 3:09 PM by Mark Dee

The field is set for Tiger's tournament.

The 2012 World Challenge will feature 18 of the world's top 28 players and will be sponsored for the first time by Northwestern Mutual, according to a statement released online by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the charity the event benefits.

Thirteen Ryder Cuppers will be in the field gunning for the $1 million first prize. There's no cut, so even last place takes home $120,000. Not a bad weekend, spent playing for a good cause: Proceeds go toward "the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation."

The tournament itself takes place from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tiger Woods is your defending champion, which shouldn't come as a surprise: Last year was his fifth win at the World Challenge.

Joining Woods in the field will be Americans Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan, and Rickie Fowler; Europeans Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell; and Australian Jason Day.

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September 04, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy unanimous No. 1

Posted at 1:33 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, Deutsche Bank Championship; T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (114, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: 3, Deutsche Bank Championship; T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (87, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Keegan Bradley (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T13, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

5. Sergio Garcia (49, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

6. Ernie Els (46, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (35, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T20, Deutsche Bank Championship; 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 20

8. Luke Donald (31, 0, T8) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

9. Louis Oosthuizen (28, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 2, Deutsche Bank Championship; T5, The Barclays; T21, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

10. Webb Simpson (26, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Graeme McDowell (23)
Bubba Watson (18)
Adam Scott (14)
Dustin Johnson (13)
Brandt Snedeker (13)
Lee Westwood (10)
Zach Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (4)
Steve Stricker (4)
Jim Furyk (1)

August 28, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Garcia, Watney enter Top 10

Posted at 9:15 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (102, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (80, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Sergio Garcia (65, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

5. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Ernie Els (54, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (43, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 19

T8. Luke Donald (37, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

T8. Graeme McDowell (37, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

10. Webb Simpson (27, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Bubba Watson (22)
Lee Westwood (15)
Adam Scott (13)
Zach Johnson (10)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Steve Stricker (2)
Paul Lawrie (1)
Louis Oosthuizen (1)

January 17, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Stricker moves up to No. 5

Posted at 10:00 AM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (148, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: T12, JBWere Masters; 3, Dubai World Championship; 7, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (136, 2, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 1, Hong Kong Open; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Lee Westwood (104, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: 1, Thailand Golf Championship; 29, Dubai World Championship; 1, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

4. Webb Simpson (995, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T38, Sony Open; T3, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; T13, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

5. Steve Stricker (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T38, Sony Open; 1, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 16, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

6. Charl Schwartzel (74, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: MC, Joburg Open; 2, Thailand Golf Championship; 5, Dubai World Championship - Official World Golf Ranking: 9

7. Keegan Bradley (41, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T13, Sony Open; 16, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 17, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 26

8. Nick Watney (34, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T12, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 18, Chevron World Challenge; T4, Australian Open
- Official World Golf Rank: 12

9. Martin Kaymer (33, 0, T9) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 8, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10. Adam Scott (24, 0, T9) - Last three finishes: T4, Australian PGA Championship; T4, Australian Open; T11, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

Others receiving votes:
Tiger Woods (11)
Jason Day (9)
Bill Haas (8)
K.J. Choi (7)
Matt Kuchar (6)
Sergio Garcia (5)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Louis Oosthuizen (5)
Aaron Baddeley (3)

January 10, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Stricker leaps into top 10, Tiger out

Posted at 11:35 AM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (147, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: T12, JBWere Masters; 3, Dubai World Championship; 7, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (137, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 1, Hong Kong Open; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Lee Westwood (107, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: 1, Thailand Golf Championship; 29, Dubai World Championship; 1, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

4. Webb Simpson (91, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T3, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T13, Chevron World Challenge; T6, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

5. Charl Schwartzel (78, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: 2, Thailand Golf Championship; 5, Dubai World Championship; 6, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

6. Steve Stricker (51, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; 16, Chevron World Challenge; 15, The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

7. Keegan Bradley (48, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: 16, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; 17, Chevron World Challenge; T16, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 31

8. Nick Watney (39, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T12, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; 18, Chevron World Challenge; T4, Australian Open
- Official World Golf Rank: 13

T9. Martin Kaymer (32, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 8, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

T9. Adam Scott (32, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T4, Australian PGA Championship; T4, Australian Open; T11, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

Others receiving votes:
Tiger Woods (22)
Jason Day (9)
Sergio Garcia (9)
Matt Kuchar (8)
K.J. Choi (5)
Aaron Baddeley (3)
Bill Haas (3)
Dustin Johnson (3)
Jim Furyk (1)


December 13, 2011

SI Golf Ranking: Westwood moves into top 3

Posted at 9:55 AM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (148, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 3, Dubai World Championship; 7, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (136, 2, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 1, Hong Kong Open; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3. Lee Westwood (99, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: 29, Dubai World Championship; 1, Nedbank Golf Challenge; T13, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Webb Simpson (97, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T13, Chevron World Challenge; T6, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; 2, The McGladrey Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Charl Schwartzel (77, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: 5, Dubai World Championship; 6, Nedbank Golf Challenge; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

6. Keegan Bradley (71, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: 17, Chevron World Challenge; T16, WGC-HSBC Champions; 12, Shanghai Masters 
- Official World Golf Ranking: 30

7. Martin Kaymer (36, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 8, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

8. Adam Scott (35, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T4, Australian Open; T11, WGC-HSBC Champions; T6, Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

9. Nick Watney (34, 0,98) - Last three finishes: 18, Chevron World Challenge; T4, Australian Open; T33, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Rank: 12

10. Tiger Woods (21, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 1, Chevron World Challenge; 3, Emirates Australian Open; T30, Frys.com Open

- Official World Golf Ranking: 22

Others receiving votes:
Steve Stricker (19)
Jason Day (12)
Dustin Johnson (10)
K.J. Choi (9)
Bill Haas (7)
Sergio Garcia (6)
Jim Furyk (3)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Hunter Mahan (1)
Y.E. Yang (1)

December 07, 2011

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger returns to top 10

Posted at 12:09 PM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (147, 12, 1)
- Last three finishes: 7, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; T11, Madrid Masters

- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (137, 3, 2)
- Last three finishes: 1, Hong Kong Open; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions; 1, Shanghai Masters

- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3. Webb Simpson (101, 0, 3)
- Last three finishes: T13, Chevron World Challenge; T6, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; 2, The McGladrey Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

4. Lee Westwood (97, 0, 4)
- Last three finishes: 1, Nedbank Golf Challenge; T13, WGC-HSBC Champions; 5, Shanghai Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

5. Charl Schwartzel (73, 0, 5)
- Last three finishes: 6, Nedbank Golf Challenge; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions; T16, Shanghai Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (67, 0, 6)
- Last three finishes: 17, Chevron World Challenge; T16, WGC-HSBC Champions; 12, Shanghai Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 29

7. Adam Scott (39, 0, 7)
- Last three finishes: T4, Australian Open; T11, WGC-HSBC Champions; T6, Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

8. Martin Kaymer (34, 0, 9)
- Last three finishes: 8, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

9. Nick Watney (30, 0, 8)
- Last three finishes: 18, Chevron World Challenge; T4, Australian Open; T33, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Rank: 11

10. Tiger Woods (20, 0, NR)
- Last three finishes: 1, Chevron World Challenge; 3, Emirates Australian Open; T30, Frys.com Open

- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

Others receiving votes:
Steve Stricker (17)

Dustin Johnson (15)

Jason Day (12)
Matt Kuchar (9)
K.J. Choi (8)
Bill Haas (7)

Sergio Garcia (6)
Jim Furyk (3)

Hunter Mahan (1)

Bubba Watson (1)

Phil Mickelson (1)

(NOTE: An earlier version of this article did not include the results from the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.)

November 29, 2011

SI Golf Ranking: Schwartzel returns to top five

Posted at 9:55 AM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (147, 12, 1)
- Last three finishes: 1, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; T11, Madrid Masters; T9, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (136, 3, 2)
- Last three finishes: 4, WGC-HSBC Champions; 1, Shanghai Masters; 2, Kolon Korea Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3. Webb Simpson (102, 0, 3)
- Last three finishes: T6, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; 2, The McGladrey Classic; 22, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola; 5, BMW Championship;
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

4. Lee Westwood (86, 0, 4)
- Last three finishes: 13, WGC-HSBC Champions; 5, Shanghai Masters; T30, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

5. Charl Schwartzel (77, 0, T5)
- Last three finishes: 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; T16, Shanghai Masters; T9, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (71, 0, T5)
- Last three finishes: 16, WGC-HSBC Champions; 12, Shanghai Masters; T11, Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 27

7. Adam Scott (35, 0, 7)
- Last three finishes: T4, Australian Open; 11, WGC-HSBC Champions; T6, Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

8. Nick Watney (35, 0, 8)
- Last three finishes: T4, Australian Open; 33, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2, Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Official World Golf Rank: 10

9. Martin Kaymer (33, 0, 9)
- Last three finishes: 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters; 8, Portugal Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10. Steve Stricker (17, 0, 10)
- Last three finishes: 15, Tour Championship; WD, BMW Championship; 42, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

Others receiving votes:
Bill Haas (16)
Dustin Johnson (16)
Jason Day (13)
K.J. Choi (9)
Darren Clarke (6)
Jim Furyk (6)
Sergio Garcia (6)
Tiger Woods(5)
Hunter Mahan (3)
Graeme McDowell (3)
Bubba Watson (2)
Phil Mickelson (1)





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