Oct. 28, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia --Nick Watney was the second player this weekend to come to the The Mines Resort's 18th hole needing birdie to fire 59. Both Watney and Bo Van Pelt fell short of golf's magic number, but Watney's stellar round was enough for him to win the CIMB Classic.
Watney's 10-under 61 on Sunday gave him a one-shot victory over defending champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus. Watney finished at 22-under 262 (71-65-65-61).
Watney started the day four strokes back of the leaders, the long-hitting Garrigus and Van Pelt, who'd flirted with 59 one day earlier. Watney opened the front nine with two birdies, then birdied Nos. 6, 8 and 9 en route to a 5-under 30 on the front nine.
Six birdies in a seven-hole stretch starting at No. 11 vaulted Watney past the overnight leaders - Van Pelt and Garrigus - and Chris Kirk, who'd made an early move.
"I got off to a pretty good start. I saw Tiger playing well. I knew Bo was playing well," said Watney. "I didn't really look up until about 13."
It was at 13 when the idea of a 59 started to become a reality. After a birdie at No. 17, all he needed was one more at No. 18. But a pulled drive, a mishit second shot and poor wedge resulted in bogey.
Was it on his mind?
"Very small," said Watney. "It was more about winning."
It was Watney's second victory in the past 90 days. He also won the FedEx Cup Playoffs opener at The Barclays.
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