Three caddies help Watney win Asia Pacific

American fires course record at the Mines Resort & Golf Club to land one-shot victory

Sun, 28 Oct 2012

Three caddies help Watney win Asia Pacific

Nick Watney claimed his second title in three months at the Asia Pacific Classic after firing a course-record 61 at the Mines Resort & Golf Club.

The 31-year-old’s stunning 10-under round, which pipped his previous career low of 62, saw Watney overhaul a four-shot deficit on overnight leaders Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and claim a narrow one-shot triumph.

But while Watney became $1.3million richer in the unofficial PGA Tour event, his cheque will likely involve some serious deductions after he was forced to use three caddies over the four rounds, including his wife, Amber.

The World No.22 was battling jet-lag as he sat way off the pace standing on the 18th tee of his opening round on Thursday and matters were made worse when his caddie Chad Reynolds fell ill.

With the stifling temperatures in the Malaysian capital forcing Reynolds to seek medical care to deal with heat stroke, Watney looked around for a replacement and had little option than to seek his better half to lug his bag down the final hole.

“I was behind the rope watching the round and Nick just waved me over and said 'Chad is going to go to the first aid tent' I said 'ok'. I didn't know what I was getting myself into,” said Amber.

“I have never done it before but my dad is a caddie on the tour [Rusty Uresti] so Nick was telling me it is in the blood. I would get out the yardage book but I would have no idea what I'm doing. I don't play at all.

“I put in my application for Friday's round but I was denied, but I was ok with that.”

With the use of a local caddie, Watney showed big improvements on Friday and Satuday with rounds of 65 before a miraculous course-record 61, with Reynolds back on the bag, landing the 48-man event.

“On 11, he talked me into laying up on the par-5 and we ended up making birdie and on the very next hole I wanted to hit a 7-iron, he said it was an 8-iron, and I hit that to about four-feet so he definitely helped me," said Watney.

“I think it's just good to have someone you are comfortable with there.”

Starting the final round four shots off the pace, Watney flew out the gates with consecutive birdies at the first two holes and then caught fire when rolling home six birdies in the space of eight holes from the sixth.

After a par at 14, the World No.22 got back on the birdie train with a hat-trick of birdies at 15, 16 and 17 to give himself every chance of joining the elusive 59 club with a birdie up the last.

Unfortunately, Watney took the gloss of his round with his only bogey of the day at 18 but took consolation when his 23-under winning total was good enough to take the spoils.

“I didn’t really look up until about 13 and saw I was in pretty good shape,” he added. “I hated to bogey the last but it worked out.”

Van Pelt and Garrigus, who shared the overnight lead, carded respectable round of 66 but finished one back on 22-under.

Elsewhere, Tiger Woods began the final round five off the pace but carded an impressive bogey-free 8-under 63 to take fourth on 19-under alongside Chris Kirk and in-form Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge.

Asia Pacific Classic Final Leaderboard

-23 N Watney (US)
-22 B Van Pelt, R Garrigus (US)
-19 T Woods, C Kirk (US), B de Jonge (Zim)

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